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The Omega Speedmaster—whether it be from the 1960s or today—may be recognized at a glance, thanks in part to the remarkable continuity of its design. Though in its earliest iterations (Reference CK 2915), the tachymeter bezel was brushed steel and the hands were a distinctive "Broad Arrow," the design language was already established. The matte black dial with its triple register layout and the domed hesalite crystal were present from the first Speedmasters, and by 1959 it had gained its black bezel.
With an appearance that has remained more or less the same over the years, the Speedmaster is a tangible relic of the time when it played a role in the most pivotal achievement in human history: mankind's ascent into the heavens and its first steps on the moon.
The timelessness of the Speedmaster lends itself to collecting. Most collectors own a "Speedy," with preference for particular references and sub-references. Purists favor the references bearing the Caliber .321, with special preferences for straight-lugged variants like the Reference 105.003-64 (worn by astronaut Ed White), or the curved lug Reference 145.012 that was worn by Buzz Aldrin as he walked on the Sea of Tranquility.
But there is something to be said for the collectibility and popular appeal of the Reference 145.022. Produced from the late 1960s to the 1980s, the Reference 145.022 straddles the period between the pre- and post-Moon landing Speedmasters. It represents a pivotal era in the development of the Speedmaster.
While the earlier References of Speedmaster—including those worn by the astronauts—contained the Caliber .321 movement, first designed by Albert Piguet in the 1940s, the Reference 145.022 was the first to contain the Caliber .861. Additionally, the sub-reference 145.022-69ST was the first to feature a case back, released from 1969 to 1973, that commemorated the 1969 Moon Landing. Also, purists will be pleased to note that the 145.022 retained the tritium that adorned the dials of previous iterations; it wasn’t until the introduction of the Reference 3570 in the mid 1990s that the tritium was eschewed in favor of the non-radioactive SuperLuminova.
This Speedy is a Reference 145.022 dating from the 1980s. With everything that we’ve already said about the collectibility of the reference, and of the continuity of its design, it should come as no surprise that we would offer one here. Simply put, a Speedy looks like a Speedy, and at thirty-two years of age, it’s newly vintage, a perfect entry-level Speedy for the new collector.
Available exclusively at Marshall Pierce.
Stainless steel case is approximately 42mm (excluding crown). Omega Speedmaster Professional Reference 145.022. Omega Caliber .861 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa mid-1980s.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and wear and no signs of over-polishing. DN90 bezel is in good condition with signs of wear throughout. Dial is in excellent condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Omega crown. Omega case back has some scratches and tool marks but is in otherwise good condition.
Includes 20mm dark brown leather strap. Also includes two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle