On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy stood before a jubilant crowd at Rice University and inspired the world with a new quest.
"The vast stretches of the unknown," he proclaimed, "and the unanswered, and the unfinished, still far outstrip our collective comprehension."
"Those who came before us," he would add, "made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention and the first wave of nuclear power. And this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it. We mean to lead it."
And lead it, we did.
But we didn't do it alone. We did it through out technology. We did it through our engineering. We did it through our determination to go into the face of the unknown.
It may seem insignificant to us today, but among that technology was a simple watch, the watch that would accompany the majority of America's astronauts into that void, a watch that carried them through, from manual thruster burns to counting long hours in the shadow of the moon.
The Omega Speedmaster was there, ticking on undaunted, mirroring our own vast courage and determination.
Among the most desirable models to collectors are so-called "Pre-Moon" examples made before the moon landing, the very same models issued to the Apollo-era astronauts- examples like this one. The reference 145.012-67 seen here is the very last Speedmaster reference to be powered by the now-legendary Caliber .321 movement.
In addition to a movement change, subsequent models introduced a number of cosmetic changes in its transition to becoming what we now know as "The Moonwatch" - the bezel, dial, caseback, and bracelet design all started changing immediately after this reference was phased out.
While the term "iconic" is often used to describe the Speedmaster, it's important to remember that it has earned this not because its design raised eyebrows and not because it ruffled the feathers of the elite in Geneva. No, the Speedmaster isn't loud or flashy; it has no gimmicks; needs no tricks. It's just a little machine.
And that is why we love it.
One of the most important little machines on the planet.
Stainless steel HF case is approximately 41mm (excluding crown). Reference 145.012-67SP. Calibre .321 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa late 1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with signs of moderate use and wear in keeping with age. D090 bezel is in very good condition with crisp printing. Dial is in very good condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Signed crown.
Includes one 20mm 1506/516 flat link expanding bracelet.