Vintage Omega Speedmaster Professional "Straight Writing" Ref. 145.022-69 - SOLD
History was made on July 20th, 1969 when NASA astronauts first stepped foot on the moon. And strapped to the outside of their space suits was the Omega Speedmaster, a watch synonymous with the moon landing and arguably one of the most important watches ever made.
Omega of course wanted to commemorate both mankind's achievement and their involvement in the space program. Their first commemoration of their collaboration with NASA came with adding "Professional" to the dials from the 145.012 onward when the watch was selected by the space program. The next was to commemorate the moon landing with an inscription on the caseback. Omega replaced the simple large Hippocampus and Speedmaster text with "The first watch worn the moon" boldly engraved straight across the case back, giving this model its nickname.
Take a look at the photos and our condition description below:
Case: 42mm stainless steel case in very good condition. The case shows minimal signs of polishing and retains crisp edges as shown. There are minor marks and nicks commensurate with age as pictured.
Bezel: Original dot next to 90 "DNN" bezel in very good condition with some minor wear spots on the bezel surface as pictured.
Dial/Hands: Dial is original matte black tritium in excellent condition and free of any staining, scratching, or damage with intact lume plots and an excellent even patina on the hour markers. Hands are also original tritium with a slightly darker patina. Note that marks shown in the photos are on the crystal (see below) and the dial is free from any blemishes.
Caseback: Original moon landing stamped caseback in very good condition as pictured with nice crisp engravings and only minor paint loss.
Crystal: Original Omega hesalite crystal in very good condition with minor wear as seen in the photos. The original old style 1960s logo can be seen embossed in the hesalite as pictured.
Movement: Caliber 861 manual wound chronograph movement. 31.6million serial number dates production to circa 1971. The watch runs great, with all movement functions working as intended, including chronograph start, stop, and return to zero. Service history is unknown.
Bracelet/Strap: Like new brown leather vintage style strap with SS buckle.
Accessories: None, sold as watch only.