Omega Speedmaster 1978
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About this watch
In excellent condition, this is a lovely example of the highly sought-after Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. A hugely attractive and timeless model, it sports a flat matte-black dial, complemented by an outer black bezel, the printed Omega logo, tritium hour markers and hands, and the signature 12-hour, triple-register chronograph layout with each register showing large, intermittent, radial numerals – yellow patina can be found on the plots.
Reference number 145.022-78 (the 78 signifying the year of manufacture), it is powered by the calibre 861 movement. The unpolished stainless steel case measures 42mm in diameter.
Fully serviced and regulated, all functions of this watch are in correct working order, and the chronograph resets to zero.
A little history: the Speedmaster 144.022 was first introduced in 1968 as a successor to the calibre 321, which has been used in the Speedmaster from 1957 to 68. It came with a new logo (on the dial), a new seconds hands and the new, more accurate, calibre 861 movement. Although Lemania based, this movement had a cam/shuttle system for chronograph operations instead of a column-wheel mechanism and formed the basis for the movement used in the Moonwatch model. In 1969 it was an Omega Speedmaster Professional (calibre 321) that was the first watch to be worn on the moon, by Buzz Aldrin. The calibre 861, 145.022 model, was with the astronaut Ron Evans on board Apollo 17 and used in a heat flow experiment.
The Photos Shown Are From The Actual Watch For Sale. The watch is working well.