1972 OMEGA Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 "Straight Writing"
(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 which was in production for less than 3 years from around only 1970/1974. The straight writing case backs were Omega’s first commercial response to the Speedmaster’s involvement during the NASA 1969 Moon landings
(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.
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The sharp unpolished case retains factory finishing showing very little wear. The bezel is in superb condition showing almost no wear and has achieved a charming grey fade. The pushers and crown remain original to the watch. The original Omega 1175 "Flat Link" Bracelet with 47 end pieces is in excellent condition showing light stretch.
The matte black "pie pan" or "step dial" is in good vintage condition. There is very light oil spots around some of the lume plots, only visible under loupe. The lume plots have taken a wonderful creamy yellow patina, under U.V. light inspection the lume exhibits no lume degradation. The original hands have aged darker than the dial, under U.V. light inspection the hands show as fully intact showing no degradation.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC Spec backed by a 1-year warranty on movement.