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This is Omega’s Real Deal Holyfield pilot’s watch. Take a Speedmaster, add some more functionality, a dash of color and an avant-garde case, and a Flightmaster is born.
The Flightmaster line was introduced in 1969, and was the first Omega with a movement (Reference c.910) designed with the timing needs of pilots in mind. The first version of the watch replaced the running seconds sub-register typically found at 9 o’clock in chronographs with a AM/PM indicator, letting the globe-hopping pilot track the time of day in his home city. Omega also added a rocket-shaped blue GMT hand for tracing the time in two separate time zones. The wearer was also given two methods of timing events: a 12-hour chronograph, as well as a 60-minute inner elapsed time bezel. That’s a hell of a lot of features in one watch!
A few years into production, Omega updated the movement (Reference c.911) by replacing the AM/PM indicator with a running seconds hand, which is useful on a hand-wound watch since it let's you easily tell at a glance if it is wound and running. This example of Flightmaster features the c.911 movement, as well as an incredibly beautiful aged dial. The chocolate tropical sub-registers and patina to the tritium hour markers give this watch a wonderful vintage look and exudes an aura of adventure. We can just imagine this watch strapped to the wrist of a Pan-Am pilot visiting exotic cities during the golden age of jet travel.
A substantial and chunky piece, the Flightmaster actually wears very comfortably on the wrist due to its hidden lugs and heavily tapered case. The case shape definitely has a funky vintage vibe, but that pairs perfectly with the colorfully accented dial and color-coded crowns.
If you’re looking for a true pilot’s tool watch, the Flightmaser is as cool as it gets.
Lots of information on this awesome timepiece can be found HERE on Chronomaddox.
Steel Tonneau Case is approximately 44mm (excluding the crown). Omega Reference 145.036. Calibre 911Manual Winding Chronograph Movement. Circa 1970.
Overall condition: Case is in very good condition with light wear from use. Gray "T Swiss Made T" dial is in very good original condition and turning tropical. Original hands and rotating internal bezel. Original pushers and signed crown. Original case back has been polished and Flightmaster logo is no longer visible (genuine replacements are readily available).
Includes one 22mm analog/shift Grist Strap and two nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.