Omega Speedmaster "Ed White"
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Omega Speedmaster "Ed White"

 

Why We Love It

The Speedmaster carries with it an indelible connection to the U.S. space program, through Ed White and Buzz Aldrin, who wore his Reference 145.012-67 when he walked on the Moon. But it was after Ed White’s spacewalk that the Speedmaster became flight-qualified for all manned space missions. Consequently, examples of the Reference 105.003-65—known by collectors as the “Ed White” after the astronaut who wore it—have become hot commodities in the watch collecting community. 

The straight lugs and lack of crown guards set this model apart from the more common 'twisted-lug' designs and make for a watch that wears incredibly well. 

The Reference 105.003-65’s commands a premium, and this example is a case study in why: with some beautiful patina, a killer movement and historical chops, the Ed White Speedmaster is not to be overlooked.  

The Story

History was made on a desert steppe in southern Kazakhstan. From the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, was launched. After Vostok 1, during which Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, the launchpad from which both missions were launched was named “Gagarin’s Start.”

And it was from Gagarin’s Start in March 1965 that Alexey Leonov would make history once more in Voskhod 2

After Voskhod 2 orbited the Earth, Leonov’s crew member, Pavel Belyayev, helped him strap an EVA backpack to his Golden Eagle spacesuit. Then Belyayev inflated and pressurized the spacecraft’s Volga airlock. Equipped with the EVA backpack, which gave him 40 minutes of oxygen, Leonov entered the airlock.

Belyayev sealed the spacecraft behind him, and Leonov opened the hatch and pushed out as far as his 17.6 foot tether would allow. He could see the vast expanse of Europe beneath him, stretching wide from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Caspian Sea. For 12 minutes he stayed outside, as the cameras attached to the outside of the airlock recorded his historic spacewalk—the first ever attempted by man.

Two months later, his American counterpart, Ed White, would follow in his footsteps.

On Ed White’s wrist was an Omega Speedmaster, Reference 105.003.

Details

SKU: AS02727

Stainless Steel Case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown and pushers). Omega Reference 105.003-65. Caliber .321 Manually Winding Chronograph movement. 1965.

Overall Condition: The watch is in very good condition, over all, with signs of wear and use consistent with age. Matte black dial is in very good condition; luminous material shows honest patination. Omega pencil hands are in good condition with matching patina to luminous material. Bezel and insert show a small dent near 9:30; DO90 insert has faded to a navy blue. Omega-signed crown. Screw case back with Omega Hippocampus engraving.

Includes one 19mm 1035/532 flat link bracelet with 2/71 clasp code.

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