"Ed White" Omega Speedmaster
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"Ed White" Omega Speedmaster

History was made on a desert steppe in southern Kazakhstan. From the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, was launched. After Vostok 1, during which Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, the launchpad from which both missions were launched was named “Gagarin’s Start.”

And it was from Gagarin’s Start in March 1965 that Alexey Leonov would make history once more in Voskhod 2

After Voskhod 2 orbited the Earth, Leonov’s crew member, Pavel Belyayev, helped him strap an EVA backpack to his Golden Eagle spacesuit. Then Belyayev inflated and pressurized the spacecraft’s Volga airlock. Equipped with the EVA backpack, which gave him 40 minutes of oxygen, Leonov entered the airlock.

Belyayev sealed the spacecraft behind him, and Leonov opened the hatch and pushed out as far as his 17.6 foot tether would allow. He could see the vast expanse of Europe beneath him, stretching wide from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Caspian Sea. For 12 minutes he stayed outside, as the cameras attached to the outside of the airlock recorded his historic spacewalk—the first ever attempted by man.

Two months later, his American counterpart, Ed White, would follow in his footsteps.

On Ed White’s wrist was an Omega Speedmaster, Reference 105.003.

The Speedmaster carries with it an indelible connection to the U.S. space program, through Ed White and Buzz Aldrin, who wore his Reference 145.012-67 when he walked on the Moon. But it was after Ed White’s spacewalk that the Speedmaster became flight-qualified for all manned space missions. Consequently, examples of the Reference 105.003-65—known by collectors as the “Ed White” after the astronaut who wore it—have become hot commodities in the watch collecting community. 

As desirable as they are, Reference 105.003-65’s can command a premium—particularly when in exquisite condition. However, this particular Reference 105.003-65 shows signs that it was well-loved, but—most importantly—taken care of. The case shows signs of a previous polishing, and the hands are service replacements.

Since pristine examples of this reference can be out of reach for many collectors, and those that are might spend the rest of their lives in a safe, this is a rare example of a straight-lugged Speedy that is collectible but can also be worn—whether in space like Ed White or Alexey Leonov, or in more terrestrial pursuits.

Details

SKU: AS02490

Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown and pushers). Reference 105.003-65. Calibre .321 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with some signs of wear and use. Case shows signs of professional refinishing. DO90 bezel shows some signs of fading. Dial is in very good condition with stripped lume. Hands are service replacements. Omega service crown. Case back has some signs of use and wear.

Includes one 19mm stainless steel mesh bracelet.

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