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

Why We Love It

The Omega Speedmaster has been an indelible part of the Space Program since Ed White took his monumental space walk in 1965.

Buzz Aldrin, Jack Swigert, and even astronauts today have all embarked for the final frontier with Speedies strapped to their wrists. But it’s straight-lug Speedmasters like the kind Ed White wore that hold prized of places in many collectors’ hearts.

We’re certainly not immune.

The Ref. 105.003-65  'Ed White' that we offer here boasts everything we love about the reference: a strong case with sharp bevels, a Dot over 90 bezel that’s taken on a lovely fade, and a pie-pan Pre-Professional dial with handsome, warm lume. Even better still, this piece comes with an extract fro the Omega archives.

Whether you’re taking off toward new horizons or just on your daily rounds, this is just the sort of watch you need on your wrist.

The Story

As Gemini IV flew over Canarvon, Australia, the cabin was depressurized. When it flew over Hawaii, Ed White pulled the handle of his hatch. Nothing happened. Fortunately, Command Pilot James McDivitt had witnessed something similar in a vacuum chamber test. With his help, White managed to shove the hatch open. Tethered to the spacecraft, he floated into space—and into history.

White floated fifteen feet out of the spacecraft. He pitched, yawed, and rolled. All the while, McDivitt took photos of him with a 70mm Hasselblad camera. “Hey, Ed, smile,” McDivitt told White as White maneuvered to the windscreen of the spacecraft. It wasn’t until McDivitt’s photos were developed that Omega realized that White wore an Omega Speedmaster strapped on the outside of his spacesuit.

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. 

 

Details

SKU: AS03366

Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown and pushers). Omega Reference 105.003-65. Calibre 321 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1966.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent overall condition, showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Factory beveling on the lugs is present. Applied logo step-dial has aged to an even dark brown with attractive and even lime patination. Outer 'Dot over 90' tachymeter bezel is in excellent condition. Period correct signed Omega crown and pushers.

Includes Omega flat-link bracelet (7912) date stamped 1/65 with 617 end links. Also includes extract from the Omega archives.

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