Omega Speedmaster Professional
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Omega Speedmaster Professional

Why We Love It

The 'it' factor. Watches either have it, or don't. This Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69ST has got it. In spades!

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable parts of collecting wristwatches that were once mass-produced is seeing the wide variety of organic changes that occur naturally over time from age and use. Words such as patina, ghosting, stippling, crazing and tropicalization are used to describe the natural process of aging that can manifest on a timepiece as it ages and can turn a wristwatch that was once just a number on an assembly line into an entirely unique artifact.

This Speedmaster, a pre-moon Hippocampus model dating to about 1970, is an excellent example of just that - an artifact from the golden age of lunar exploration. Featuring an incredibly crisp 41mm twisted-lug case, nearly flawless 'Dot Over 90' bezel, and a richly patinated dial that is beginning to show a warm tropical richness, this is an Apollo-era Speedmaster just like any other. Except moreso.

Returned to our collection after being originally sold to a client years back, we're thrilled to see the rich coloration of the dial continue to develop, and can't wait to see it again in another five years.

This is a Speedy for someone who appreciates the subtleties of aging - absolutely lovely piece!

The Story

With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing looming like the Death Star on the horizon, focus is now on space-related ephemera. Major auction houses will no doubt hold sales of anything that an astronaut might have even breathed on. Now, with demand for those items soaring high, it might put a damper on anyone’s aspirations to own a piece of history.

But there is a piece of space history that anyone can own: The Omega Speedmaster.

Since 1965, this little machine has been issued to the crew of every manned space mission. Ed White, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell—these are just a few heroes who strapped the Speedy to their wrists as they headed to the final frontier. As one of Omega’s longest-running models, the Speedmaster has seen variants as numerous as stars in the sky, from special editions honoring spaceflights to the simpler black-dialed “Moon watch” that everyone knows and loves.

There's something to be said for the 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-moon and post-Moon landing Speedmasters. Like the references that came before it, the Reference 145.022 represents a pivotal era in the development of the Speedmaster.

While the earlier References of Speedmaster contained the Caliber .321 movement, 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 caseback that commemorated the 1969 Moon Landing, which still adorns the backs of Omega Speedmasters today. Also, 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 Omega started using the non-radioactive SuperLuminova.

Details

SKU: AS03108

Steel case is approximately 41mm (excluding crown). Reference 145.022-69ST. Omega Calibre .861 Manual Winding Chronograph Movement. Circa 1970.

Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition overall, showing normal signs of wear from age and use and no signs of polish. Luminous black dial is in great condition showing rich patina and developing tropical hue. Luminous handset shows patina. Signed crown.

Includes steel multi-link bracelet (12/47) with Omega signed clasp.

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