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In all its iterations, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the finest and most important timepieces of all time. It was the first timepiece to be qualified for manned space flight missions by NASA. The Calibre .321 column wheel chronograph movement is one of the finest manual-winding movements ever manufactured. Further, the Omega Speedmaster Professional carries the distinction of being the first watch worn on the moon, earning it qualification beyond reproach for every terrestrial use you could conceive. Since the Eagle landed, the Speedmaster has remained virtually unchanged in appearance to this day, making it a timekeeping icon in every sense of the word and one of the most sought-after timepieces by collectors worldwide--perhaps in the universe.
Omega initially released the Speedmaster in 1957. 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. The first reference of Speedmaster, the CK 2915, contained the Lemania caliber 321 movement, developed by famed movement-maker Albert Piguet in 1946. The model underwent a number of modifications and improvements in its first decade of production, eventually earning its place in the history books and hearts of passionate horologists and NASA nerds. A variety of cases, dials, hands, and bezels graced these early limited production models, making them highly collectible artifacts for serious Speedmaster collectors today.
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.
June 3, 1965: the very first spacewalk ever undertaken by an American astronaut. This early "Pre-Professional" Speedmaster now fondly bears Ed White's name among collectors. This model has a slimmer profile than its progeny, with straight lugs and no crown guards. The pie-pan dial with applied Omega logo is an elegant touch, reminiscent of the dial on the Constellation, and the hands are baton rather than the dauphine hands used in the previous references.
With a clean, honest case, handsome patina, and a nicely-worn "Dot Over 90" bezel, this Speedmaster definitely has "The Right Stuff."
Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown and pushers). Ref. 105.00.365, cal. 321. Circa mid-1960s.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in excellent condition with only minimal signs of wear, particularly some light tool marks on the lugs, but has no major blemishes or signs of over-polishing. Dial is in excellent condition with minimal signs of wear, including some light discoloration at the 31 hour marker. "Dot over 90" bezel is in excellent condition with only some minimal flaking at 11 o'clock. Signed crown; signed case back has some light tool marks but is in otherwise very good condition.
Includes one 18mm grey distressed leather strap with tan stitching. Also includes JB Champion bracelet.