1970 OMEGA Speedmaster Professional 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 early 1970 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.
2pc Handmade Leather Strap
CASE & BRACELET
The honest case retains original factory finishing and sharp lugs that we believe remains in unpolished condition, showing some wear. The original bezel insert is "Dot over 90" (DON) and is in excellent vintage condition, with light consistent wear throughout. The "Pre-Moon" Seahorse case back has very minimal wear and is clearly visible. The crown on the watch is an early service replacement, the original crown will come off the watch.
DIAL & HANDS
Amazing black matte "step" dial in amazing vintage condition. The tritium markers on the dial have achieved a charming ivory patina. The lume plots remain fully intact with no lume degradation when viewed under U.V. light. The tritium hands have taken on a darker patina and show no lume loss and also remain fully intact.
The watch will come with the original crown off of the watch. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC Spec backed by a 1-year warranty on movement.