1968 OMEGA Speedmaster 145.022 CALIBRE 861 "Pre-Moon" Rare Transitional Model
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 Omega Speedmaster transitional model Ref. 145.022 dates this specific example to late 1968/ early 1969. This transitional model uses the caliber 861 instead of the earlier caliber 321. The original matte black stepped dial with applied Omega logo has achieved a wonderful patina and the bezel insert has the original dot over 90 (DON) bezel, and pre moon seahorse case back. This specific example is a very rare last production pre-moon reference.
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 hand crafted 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.
Excellent thick case that has some patina from use. The original bezel insert is "Dot over 90" (DON). The "Pre-Moon" Seahorse case back has very minimal wear and is clearly visible. The watch will be supplied on a Nato-style strap.
Amazing black matte "step" dial with applied Omega logo. The tritium markers on the dial have achieved a wonderful creamy yellow patina. The hands have been replaced and are a few shades lighter in coloration.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC Spec backed by a 1-year warranty on movement.