1969 OMEGA Speedmaster 145.022 CALIBRE 861 "Pre-Moon"
(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.
(NASA Astronaut Thomas Stafford With two Omega Speedmaster Professional Speedmaster's During "Suit Up")
This Omega Speedmaster transitional model Ref. 145.022 dates this specific example too late 1969 uses the earlier Caliber 861 movement. The original matte black stepped dial 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 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 1039 Bracelet 516 Ends|
The case is in overall excellent condition showing original factory finishes and sharp lugs that we believe remains in unpolished condition. The original bezel insert is "Dot over 90" (DON) and is in excellent vintage condition. The "Pre-Moon" Seahorse case back has very minimal wear and is clearly visible. This specific example retains the original Omega 1039 Bracelet with accompanying and original 516 end links and shows very minimal stretch.
Amazing black matte "step" dial. The tritium markers on the dial have achieved a wonderful creamy yellow patina with some dark spots which is common for dials of this era. The lume plots remain fully intact with no lume degradation when viewed under U.V. light. The tritium hands have also achieved a wonderful creamy yellow patina and show no lume loss and also remain fully intact.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC Spec backed by a 1-year warranty on movement.