1970 OMEGA Speedmaster 145.022 CALIBRE 861 Transitional "Pre-Moon" (Tropical) W/ Archive Papers
(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 tropical patina with the bezel insert has to a charming anthracite grey and retains it's original 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.
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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 in excellent vintage condition and has taken on a charming grey fade. The "Pre-Moon" Seahorse case back has very minimal wear and is clearly visible. Watch will come on a 2pc leather strap or NATO of your choosing.
Amazing black matte "step" dial has taken on an excellent tropical patina with a very consistant dark brown coloration. The tritium markers on the dial have achieved a wonderful creamy yellow patina. 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 perfectly matching the dial and show no lume loss when inspected with U.V. light.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC Spec backed by a 1-year warranty on movement. The watch also comes complete with an official Omega Extract of teh Archives