1972 Omega Flightmaster (Ref. 145.036) Cal. 911
Tool chronographs dominated the late 1960's and early 1970's, a trend for which Omega is due credit for. During this time Omega created several different chronographs, all with different applications, one of which was the Flightmaster. The Flightmaster series of chronographs are a variant of the Omega Speedmaster line produced and sold towards "Pilots" from 1969 to 1977. The Flightmaster possesses a distinctly oversized 43mm case that includes 3 crowns, 2 pushers, and 7 hands. (Yes you read that right!) The Flightmaster is a technical powerhouse that includes the typical chronograph function paired with an independent blue 12-hour GMT hand, which allows the tracking of a second timezone without the need for military time. And not to mention an inner rotating timing ring similar to that of a supercompressor. The Omega Flightmaster was designed with pure functionality in mind specifically for commercial pilots and frequent travelers, a matter of fact Omega engraved a Douglass DC-8 into the caseback.
The Flightmaster series consisted of two distinct versions, each with several dial variants within each version. In addition to the two main versions, there is a rare and limited and solid gold version of one model that is rarely seen. The first Flightmaster variant, reference 145.013, features the Omega cal. 910 movement which is a highly modified version of Omega's famous Lemania based cal. 861 movement. The most noticeable element of the ref. 145.013 is the 9 o'clock sub-dial which is a 24-hour indicator that is half green to indicate day vs. night. Shortly after this, Omega modified their cal. 910 movement and created the cal. 911 and changed the reference to 145.036, Omega's second iteration of the Flightmaster. The Omega cal. 911 movement replaced the 9 o'clock AM/PM sub-dial complication, with a more traditional running seconds sub-dial.
In a quote from Stuart Tentoni via chronomaddox "The Flightmaster has a somewhat undeserved reputation as being a "Monster-sized" watch. Yes, if you look at the Flightmaster's exterior dimensions it is a large watch. However, similar to the Fender Stratocaster, the Flightmaster's shape and taper actually fits and blends in with the back of the wrist well and wears better than many smaller watches", which perfectly sums up the way the Flightmaster reference range wears while on the wrist. The Flightmaster is oversized, but extremely functional and also ergonomic.
This specific 1972 Omega Flightmaster (Ref. 145.036) (2nd version) features a high visibility and eye-catching grey dial with yellow accents that has taken on a subtle and attractive patina. The case remains completely unpolished and retains its original bracelet, all in all making for a unique and comfortable wearing experience that has an awesome vintage aesthetic.
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The unique tonneau case is in excellent unpolished condition, displaying its original factory finishing with light signs of use throughout. The case retains all of its original crowns and pushers. The original mineral glass crystal shows normal wear for its age. The case back retains its original factory "Flightmaster" engraving, though it is faint from wear. The original Omega 1162 oval-link bracelet with 172 end pieces is in excellent condition, retaining 21 links with light stretch from use.
The grey main dial is in remarkable original condition with a wonderful golden speckled patina that has formed around the lump lots and the upper portion of the dial. The inner rotating bezel is in excellent condition. The black and white "roulette" style minute track shows no signs of discoloration or aging. The black sub-dials are in exceptional condition, remaining clean and deep black in coloration. The tritium lume markers have achieved a charming yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. All of the hands are original to the watch, including the sub-dial hands. The white hour and minute hands and the blue independent hour hand match the lume plots perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the minute and blue hour hand show very light cracking in the lume and remain stable, the white hour hand shows no imperfections.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time accurately, The watch will come with a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.