Omega Speedmaster 'Ed White'
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Omega Speedmaster 'Ed White'

Why We Love It

All astronauts are heroes, but there is none more heroic than Ed White. Among his compatriots at NASA, he was regarded as the highest of high flyers. When it came time for an American astronaut to attempt a spacewalk, it was Ed White—soft-spoken and mild-mannered—who was given the historic task.

And it was he who—along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, fellow crew members of Apollo 1—would give his life for his country on Launch Pad 34 at Cape Kennedy at the age of 35.

As a fitting tribute to his legacy, the watch that he wore during his spaceflight—an Omega Speedmaster Reference 105.003—has gone down in history as the Ed White. This particular particular Ed White (Reference 105.003-64) is truly worthy of his memory, with a beautiful case and a handsomely aged dial. 

The Story

In 1965, Lieutenant Commander Edward Higgins White shoved open the hatch of his spacecraft, Gemini IV, and floated into history.

On his wrist was an Omega Speedmaster Reference 105.003. Produced from 1964 to 1969, the Reference 105.003 is an important milestone in the history of the model. This is due not just for its participation in Ed White’s legendary spaceflight—the first undertaken by an American—but by the fact that it is the last of the straight-lugged Speedies. 

Shortly after the Ed White was released, Omega launched a redesigned reference of the Speedmaster, with curved lugs instead of the straight lugs that had dominated the model since its debut in 1957. The silhouette of the Speedmaster was forever changed, making examples like the one Ed White wore important historical artifacts of man’s conquest of space—and the tools that took him there.

Details

SKU: AS03368

Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown and pushers). Reference 105.003-64. Calibre .321 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1964.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with slight signs of wear from age and use. D090 bezel is in excellent condition. Luminous matte black dial is in very good condition with some signs of age, including slight lume loss at 5:00 and 11:00. Signed crown. Case back has light signs of use and wear.

Includes one 20mm leather strap.

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