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Vintage Omega Speedmaster Ref: 145.022-69ST

$8,750

Pre-owned Vintage Omega 42mm Speedmaster Black Dial, Leather Strap, Ref: 145.022-69ST

There are many features to consider when evaluating a vintage Speedmaster.  While the individual pieces are important, it is easy to overlook the most important question – is it an attractive watch?  Does the over all watch, warts and all, appeal to you?  To us, this is an attractive watch that should please most Speedmaster enthusiasts.  The bezel, dial and case show some aging as expected without distracting blemishes or features that overwhelm the watch.

The case has likely seen a light, sympathetic polish, but the lugs are bright, the brushing on the top is clear, and the edges are intact.  The bezel is the correct DON, with some fading near the 12 o’clock position, but it is free of large marks, nicks and gouges that are often seen in bezels from this era.  The correct stepped dial shows no visible discoloration or marks.  It has begun the journey to the tropics, which is mostly evident when the watch is held in direct sunlight.  (In time, many of these dials will age to a brown color that is called tropical.)  There is a mark on the dial near 10 o’clock that can be seen under magnification, as well as some lifting of the paint near 5 o’clock that seems to be caused by lume that has drifted off the index onto the dial.  The lume on the minute hand is intact but darkened, while the lume on the hour hand has disappeared.  Most of the tritium lume is visible and has turned a combination of tan and darker olive, with the 5 o’clock hour marker showing the most deterioration and the darkest shade.  The correct baton hands still stand in contrast to the dial, making this a very legible watch.  However, under magnification the hands, including sub-register hands, show speckling from aging.  Flipping the watch, this reference has a so-called smooth back, meaning that the etching that appeared on later Speedmasters is not present.  Powered by the caliber 861, this manual winding movement is appealing to many Speedmaster fans.

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Additional information

Band Color

Black

Band Material

Leather

Bezel

Tachymeter

Box and Papers

No Box/Papers

Bracelet

Strap

Brand

Omega

Caliber

861

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size

42mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Tang

Complication

Chronograph

Crystal Material

Hesalite

Dial Color

Black

Movement

Manual Wind Mechanical

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0004662
Model #145.022-69ST
Model NameSpeedmaster
Year Producedca 1969
Serial Number264XXXXX

Description

Watches are indeed marvels of engineering, craftsmanship and design with many different features, but no matter how different, they all must perform the same task, telling time. There can no higher accolade then to rely upon a watch to accurately tell the time for the first humans to ever leave our planet on a journey to be the first to walk on the Moon. If you must own only one watch, it should be a Moonwatch. If you are fortunate enough to own several watches, one of them should be a Moonwatch.

Omega is one of the world’s most recognizable luxury watch brands. Although founded in 1848, the company did not become known as Omega until 1894, when the company took the name of its highly successful new watch movement. The revolutionary movement used a single crown for both winding and time setting. Success followed success when in 1905, due to its commitment to accuracy, Omega became the official timekeeper for Swiss sporting events. Later in 1932, Omega became the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. To mark Omega’s 100th year anniversary, Omega introduced the watch that would become one of the world’s most popular watches, the Seamaster. While these are remarkable achievements, the watch that made Omega a legend among watchmakers was the Speedmaster, the only watch to survive the brutal NASA testing requirements and the only watch certified by NASA for use in Space. It is no surprise that Omega watches are recognized today as spectacularly rugged tool watches hiding in a luxury watch.