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Why We Love It
Everyone should own a Speedmaster at one point in their collecting endeavors.It's one of the most significant chronographs -- let alone wristwatches -- of all time. If that doesn't do it for you, just look at the macro photography on this beauty...
Dating to 1962, this Speedmaster is an extremely rare transitional reference 105.002-62. The matte black dial sports an alpha handset that displays beautiful even patina. A Speedmaster wouldn't be as highly regarded if it wasn't for the movement. The Calibre 321 is widely considered to be one of the most significant movements ever made.
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We all know the famous story of the Speedmaster and NASA.
Omega released the Speedmaster in 1957, in the midst of a craze for racing chronographs. The name "Speedmaster" followed the naming trend set by the Seamaster and Railmaster models, and was also a subtle nod to the innovative brushed stainless steel tachymeter bezel.
Who knows--had NASA not pinpointed the Speedmaster for use in manned spaceflight, perhaps it would only be regarded among the great racing chronographs like the Heuer Autavia or the Tudor Monte Carlo?
The fact that the Speedmaster came to be used by NASA is somewhat serendipitous. Since the dawn of military aviation, pilots had used chronographs to time their flights. When NASA developed their space program, the first astronauts were, as one can imagine, pilots. The Speedmaster was already known to NASA for its personal use by the astronauts: Wally Schirra wore his own Speedmaster, a Reference CK2998, aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 in 1962, and Ed White donned his Reference 105.003-64 for America's first EVA (extra-vehicular activity) on June 3, 1965.
In 1965, NASA sent formal bids to twelve different brands whose chronographs the astronauts preferred for use in their flights. Chronographs from Breitling (already by then well-established for use in aviation), Rolex, and even a pocket-watch by Hamilton were considered by NASA. Ultimately a Rolex, a Wittnauer and an Omega made the final cut, but the Speedmaster won out and was found to be the most durable and suitable for use in the Apollo missions. The Speedmaster was one of the few pieces of equipment used by the astronauts that was not made specifically for NASA, but given the watch’s outstanding quality, it became the first wristwatch to be flight-qualified for NASA in manned space missions.
Available Exclusively at Watches of Switzerland SoHo
Stainless steel twisted lug case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Omega reference 105.002-62. Calibre 321 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 1962.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Some signs of sleeve polish. Luminous matte black dial is in excellent condition with tritium patinated indices and matching alpha handset. Signed crown. Caseback shows light signs of wear.
Includes Omega 7912/6 steel bracelet, also includes period correct Omega Box.
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