1974 Omega Speedmaster Professional (Ref. 145.022-69) "Straight Writing" Case Back
(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.
The very first commemorative Speedmaster Professional that Omega released after NASA’s successful Apollo 11 mission to the Moon is known amongst collectors as the “Straight Writing” model. These short-lived executions were in production between 1970-1974, and feature a commemorative engraving on the case back that reads “The First Watch Worn On The Moon” in straight text, which is where the nickname originates from. Shortly after this “Straight Writing” production run, Omega introduced the medallion case back with curved text which remains in use today.
(Buzz Aldrin Wearing His NASA Issued Omega Speedmaster Professional, Apollo 11)
The step dial or "Pie Pan" Omega Speedmasters possess a charm and feel 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 wardrobes also makes the Speedmaster a good choice for the first vintage timepiece and or a classic daily driver.
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The asymmetrical "twisted lug" case is in wonderful condition with thick and full lugs that exhibit honest signs of use with light evidence of previous polishing present. The original Tachymetre bezel is in excellent condition and features a very subtle fade that gives the bezel a dark grey color. The case retains its original pump pushers and Omega-signed crown. The Omega 1171 bracelet with 633 end pieces retains 22 links that show minimal stretch and will fit up to a 7 3/4-inch wrist.
The original matte black "pie-pan" dial is in excellent vintage condition with a very clean overall appearance. The only element of age present on the dial are some minor tonal marks between the 3 and 9 o'clock sub-dials. The tritium lume has taken on a subtle green color hue that is characteristic of Omega lume in this era, under UV light inspection the lume displays no notable degradation. The center chronograph hand is an OEM luminova service unit, the rest of the hands remain original, under UV light inspection the hour and minute hands exhibit no degradation and feature a dark brown patina.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.