This unassuming Speedmaster seems an unlikely candidate for the title holy grail. Nonetheless, Speedmaster collecting legend Chuck Maddox settled on the title after tirelessly seeking one out with “the same fervor as King Arthur sought the Grail”. In the era during which Maddox wrote his articles for print, much less was known about this 376.0822. Today, collectors have catalogued authentic examples with 3 bezel variations, 3 bracelets (1 strap), 2 case types, 2 crystal types, 5 differing dials, 3 chrono hands, and more. Thankfully, they all share a workhorse cal 1045 (Lemania 5100 base). The reference is a headache and a bit of a minefield. This is as hardcore as niche watch collecting comes. Thankfully, today, we know what to look for: we look for examples like this.
Somewhat ironically, the holy grail Speedmaster isn’t actually the rarest Speedmaster at an estimated 2000 examples. It’s not even in the top 10. But it is one of the—if not the—most nuanced. That is why the reference does truly deserve its moniker. Wearing a 376.0822 is a kind of statement. It says that you are confident in your own abilities within the vintage market. You have done your studies (spend hours verifying details on forums), you have searched tirelessly, and you are proud of it. For all these reasons, I quite like the 376.0822. I don’t even think the ‘Mark’ style dial and moonwatch case combination is particularly attractive. But it ‘mark’s you as a proud and confident WIS, one who knows what’s up undoubtedly. Plus if the 80s are your thing, I mean come on.
This is also a strong example. The case if full, lyre lugs proud though the flanks may have seen a polish or two. The dial is lovely with all printing bright and lovely golden tritium. The tone is matched across all hands. The case back inner stamping is correct as is the signed movement numbering. It is complete on a 1450/809 bracelet. Seller notes a stash of a few small replacement parts available. I would still recommend Moonwatch Only for a bit more detailed analysis if you are seriously considering this acquisition. It comes as a naked watch serviced in 2016 from a private collector. All appears strong here, King Arthurs of the moonwatch world, your quest may be nearing its end.
Find this Holy Grail Speedmaster here from Omega Forums for 19500 USD.