Rare 1972 OMEGA Speedmaster 145.022 Apollo XI 1969’ Straight Writing "Moon Watch" Case Back
(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. This specific example is no exception as you will find that this 1972 Omega Speedmaster professional possesses the rare commemorative case back with the straight writing of ‘First Watch Worn on the Moon – Apollo XI 1969’ which was in production for less than one year only 1971/1972. The straight writing case backs were Omega’s first commercial response to the Speedmaster’s involvement during the NASA 1969 Moon landings
There are actually three different variants of the straight writing case backs and these are quite rare due to the fact that they were only produced from 1970-1973 and were placed on a small number of actual production watches. T he "Apollo XI 1969" is rarest of the 3 variants due to the extremely low production numbers which was produced from 1971 to 1972. Based on the serial number this watch was produced in 1972 and is in fantastic condition.
(Buzz Aldrin Wearing His NASA Issued Omega Speedmaster Professional, Apollo 11)
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 1039 Bracelet with 516 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent thick case has some patina from use but we believe the case remains in unpolished condition. The insert is free of any blemishing and remains in wonderful overall condition. The Omega 1039 bracelet has 22 links with 516 end links and shows almost no stretch.
DIAL & HANDS
Amazing black matte "Step" dial is in immaculate vintage condition. The tritium markers on the dial have achieved a wonderful creamy yellow patina, and the original hands match the dial beautifully with no signs of degradation on the dial and only slight lume degradation on the hour hand.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC Spec backed by a 1-year warranty on movement.