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Why We Love It
It’s safe to say that the Omega Speedmaster Professional is a horological icon and arguably one of the most important chronographs made. Also one of our most commonly requested models, we are constantly looking for the best examples of all manually wound Speedmasters, and have just turned up this stunning example from circa 1976.
This particular model is one of the rare finds that comes complete with its full set, including the inner and outer boxes, instructions and guarantee paperwork dated to 12/25/1977. Another notable feature of this piece is its iconic case back with the Speedmaster hippocampus in a medallion in the center and engraved text surrounding which reads ”Flight-Qualified By NASA For All Manned Space Missions, The First Watch Worn on the Moon."
With a fantastically clean dial, strong case, and restored bracelet, this is a fantastic example of one of history's great timepieces, and we don't expect it to last long - don't miss it!
In horology there are certain indelible associations. Perhaps the most enduring and the most iconic is the association with NASA and the Omega Speedmaster. The Speedmaster has set benchmarks that, in our opinion, are hard to surpass: the first watch to be flight-qualified by NASA for manned space missions, the first watch to be worn by an American astronaut during a space walk, the first watch to be worn on the moon.
The fact that the Speedmaster came to be used by NASA is somewhat serendipitous. 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 CK 2998, 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.
In 1965, NASA sent formal bids to twelve different brands whose chronographs the astronauts preferred for use in their flights. Chronographs from Breitling (already by then well-established for use in aviation), Rolex, and even a pocket-watch by Hamilton were considered by NASA. Ultimately a Rolex, a Longines and an Omega made the final cut, but the Speedmaster won out and was found to be the most durable and suitable of the bunch for use in the Apollo missions. The Speedmaster was one of the few pieces of equipment not made specifically for NASA, but given the watch’s outstanding quality, Buzz Aldrin went on to wear his on the surface of the moon.
Stainless Steel case with twisted lugs is approximately 41mm (excluding crown and pushers). Omega Ref. 145.022-76ST. Omega Calibre 861 Manual Winding Movement. Circa 1976.
Overall Condition: The watch is in excellent condition overall, with light signs of wear throughout consistent with age and use. Stainless steel case is thick and sharp with normal signs of wear. Black dial is in excellent condition with all luminous material intact. Slight darkening on 12:00 marker. Luminous handset. Chrono seconds hand has dropped lume. Signed crown.
Includes 20mm signed Omega 1171/633 stainless steel link bracelet. Also includes box, instruction manual, and guarantee papers dated 12/77.
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