1970 OMEGA Speedmaster Professional (Ref. 145.022) "Pre-Moon" CAL. 861
(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 next to 90 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.
Omega 1171 "Oval-Link" Bracelet With 633 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The very lightly polished case shows very light wear from use, remaining in great overall condition. The tachymetre bezel has a nice light fade showing light wear. The case retains its original crown. The pre-moon caseback remains in good condition with "Sea-horse" engraving still fully intact. The original Omega 1171 bracelet with 633 end pieces is in good vintage condition showing light wear and exhibiting light stretch from use.
DIAL & HANDS
The excellent matte black "step" dial in amazing vintage condition. The tritium markers on the dial have achieved a charming yellow patina and remain fully intact with no lume degradation when viewed under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged slightly darker than the dial which is common form Speedmasters of this era, under U.V. light inspections the hands exhibit no lume degradation.
None. Watch is running at spec, previous service history is unknown.