Omega Speedmaster 'Ed White'
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Omega Speedmaster 'Ed White'

Why We Love It

The Speedmaster is the most important chronograph ever made. Sure, chronographs like the Rolex Daytona or the Heuer Carrera are classics, but they don't match the stature of the Speedy.  

This 'Ed White' is more than just special. It was purchased in 1965 on a navy/army/air force base in Europe. This reference 105.003 is powered by the calibre .321, considered to be one of the best movements ever designed. A correct DO90 bezel shows heavy wear, a sign that the piece was thoroughly enjoyed by the previous owners.  At 38.5mm, the straight lug HF case wears extremely well for a chronograph. Richly patinated tritium markers appear golden. 

This 'Ed White' includes box, extract from the archives, original sales receipt and an Omega hangtag. 

The Story

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.

Details

SKU: AS03386

Available Exclusively At Watches of Switzerland SoHo

Stainless steel case is approximately 38.5mm (excluding the pushers & crown). Omega reference 105.003. Omega calibre .321 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1965.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous matte black 'pre-professional' dial is in excellent condition with patinated indices and matching handset. Signed crown. 

Includes box, sales receipt, extract from Omega archives and hangtag.

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