1997 OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Gemini V (Ref. 345.0022) "Missions Series" W/ Box & Booklets
(Ed White With An Omega Speedmaster 105.003 During First American Space Walk During The Gemini 4 Space Mission)
The Omega Speedmaster is by far one of our most favorite chronographs. The Speedmaster has an incredible history starting with automotive racing moving into flight and eventually to NASA and the U.S. Space Program. There are many subtle differences within the Omega Speedmaster range of references that make them all slightly unique and different.
The Omega Speedmaster Mission watches were a limited production set that was introduced in 1997 in commemoration of every NASA space mission that included the Omega Speedmaster. These sets included 22 watches in a briefcase made of NASA spacesuit material and each watch featured the respected mission patch they represented on the 9 o'clock sub-dial. Omega also released these Mission watches individually on a very limited series of 150 pieces for each Mission watch.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional 'Missions' Gemini V Watch presented was part of Omegas individual release of these watches and is 1 of 150 models created for this limited run. Commemorating the Gemini V mission with the NASA mission patch featured in the 9 o'clock sub-dial. The Gemini V mission was the 3rd manned Gemini mission and occurred on August 21, 1965 by NASA astronauts L. Gordon Cooper and Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad.
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The unpolished case is exceptional and is in "like new" condition, displaying almost no signs of previous use. The black tachymetre bezel is also is untouched condition. The case retains its original Omega signed crown and pump-pushers. The unpolished case back retains all of its original factory markings and enamel. The original Omega 1499 bracelet with 842 end pieces retains 14 links that show no stretch from use.
The matte black Gemini V Missions dial is flawless showing no aging or damage to the dial. The luminova lume plots have a slight green coloration. The original luminova hands match the dial and are in perfect condition.
The watch comes with its original inner and outer boxes, and booklets. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, back by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.