1973 OMEGA Speedmaster Professional (Ref. 145.022-69) "Straight Writing"
(Alan Bean With An Omega Speedmaster Professional On Lunar Surface Of The Moon)
The Omega Speedmaster Professional 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 vintage Omega Speedmaster range of references that make them all slightly unique and different.
This specific example is no exception as you will find that this 1973 Omega Speedmaster professional possesses the rare commemorative case back with straight writing which was in production for less than 3 years from around only 1970/1974. The straight writing case backs were Omega’s first commercial response to the Speedmaster’s involvement during the NASA 1969 Moon landings
(Buzz Aldrin Wearing His NASA Issued Omega Speedmaster Professional, Apollo 11)
The step dial or "Pie Pan" Omega Speedmaster's possess a charm and feel that that the new modern equivalents don't seem to quite have. The Ref 145.022 with the workhorse Cal. 861 movement is clearly built to last. The Speedmaster looks great on the bracelet as well as a handcrafted leather strap. It is one of our favorite chronographs due to its timeless design and functionality. Its versatility to be paired with the most formal and the most casual of wardrobe also makes the Speedmaster a good choice for the first vintage timepiece and or a classic daily driver.
|Bracelet||Omega No.12 Flat-Link Bracelet W/ 47 End Pieces|
The case has been lightly polished in the past retaining very full and even lugs with light signs of use. The tachymetre bezel is in exceptional condition and has taken on a charming dark grey fade. The case retains its original pump pushers and "Omega" signed crown. The "straight writing" case back is in excellent condition, clearly displaying the factory engravings. The original Omega flat-link No.12 bracelet with 47 end pieces remains in excellent condition with a light stretch and signs of use.
The matte black "pie-pan" dial is in exceptional condition, showing no blemishing or marks. The tritium lume plots have taken on a wonderful yellow patina, exhibiting no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly with no lume loss or degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC Spec backed by a 1-year warranty on the movement.