1970 OMEGA Speedmaster Professional (Ref. 145.022) "Pre-Moon" CAL. 861 W/ Archive
(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 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.
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The excellent case has been lightly polished in the past, retaining strong lungs and geometry. The "dot over 90" tachymetre bezel is in excellent condition and remains deep black in coloration. The pre-moon caseback with "Sea-horse" engraving is fully intact and visible. The original Omega 1039 bracelet with 516 end pieces is in good vintage condition showing light wear with very little stretch from use.
The excellent matte black "step" or "pie pan" dial is in excellent condition. The lume plots remain fully intact showing no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged darker than the dial which is common, under U.V. light inspection the lume shows no degradation or lume loss.
The watch comes with an Omega Extract From the Archive. Watch is functioning and keeping time perfectly, previous service history is unknown.