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Why We Love It
When one thinks of the Omega Speedmaster and space flight, missions like Gemini 4 and the Apollo Missions come to mind.
But when the Speedmaster you see here (a Reference 145.012) was made, it was the Surveyor program that captured the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of this "pale blue dot."
Dating to early 1968, this particular example, a Reference 145.012-67, is one of the last models to be fitted with the Calibre .321 column-wheel chronograph movement developed by Lemania. This movement is the stuff dreams are made of, and often come with much higher price tags. Fitted with the correct applied-logo dial and featuring a strong twisted-lug case, this piece further stands out with its genuine Omega 'Dot-Over-90' bezel. It has patina and wear in all of the right places, and character for days.
This Speedy has everything you'd want from a legendary pre-moon model, but at a extremely more approachable price than others available - or the recently re-issued Cal 321 from Omega.
Don't say we never did nothin' for ya.
With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, 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.
The 145.012 was the last Speedmaster to use the famous caliber 321, and is one of the easiest ways to own the great column wheel chronograph movement built by Lemania.
To make the story even more romantic this particular reference is exactly what was worn by Buzz Aldrin as he stepped after Neil Armstrong onto the dusty, rocky shores of our closest celestial body, the Moon. Though this particular Speedmaster shows signs of daily loving wear, it's the perfect daily companion. More than that, it's a close tie to the legendary days of humankind's first walk among the stars.
Steel case is approximately 41mm (excluding crown). Omega Speedmaster Professional Reference 145.012. Omega Calibre .321 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1968.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition overall, showing signs of wear consistent with age and use. Applied-Logo dial is in very good condition, patinated throughout and showing light signs of aging. Luminescent elements on dial have patinated. Non-refinished handset with darker patination. "Dot Over 90" bezel shows even wear. Screw down "Pre-Moon" case back, Hesalite crystal, Omega Signed crown.
Includes one 20mm handmade dark brown leather strap
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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