Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 1969
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About this watch
This alluring Omega Speedmaster Pre-Moon model was manufactured in 1969, the year of the first lunar landing, and is in excellent overall condition.
The stepped dial in perfect condition features the printed Omega logo and original matching hands. The dark face with simple high-contrast baton markers provides a perfect backdrop to the signature 12-hour, triple-register chronograph layout. As is correct for the year of manufacture, the ‘TACHYMETER’ on the bezel displays an accent over the first ‘E’ and a dot over the 90.
This is a hand wound model, reference 145.022-69ST, and at its heart is the Omega calibre 861 chronograph movement.
The elegant stainless steel case measures 42mm in diameter. The caseback is in beautiful condition, factory finished and features an almost mint condition Hippocampus logo. The Omega stainless steel bracelet (1171/1) with the Omega logo impressed on the clasp suitably completes the scene.
All functions work correctly and the chronograph resets to zero. The movement has been fully serviced and regulated.
A little history:
By 1964 the Speedmaster Professional, along with models from two other manufacturers, was undergoing rigorous testing in the laboratories of NASA, being subjected to extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, shock, noise, vibration and humidity. By 1965 the Speedmaster emerged as the only survivor and thus became the approved standard issue chronograph for NASA astronauts.
In the same year:
On July 16 1969, Apollo 11 lands on the moon; Concorde, a joint project between Britain and France, embarks on its first flight; Australian actor, George Lazenby, plays James Bond for the first and only time in the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.
The Photos Shown Are From The Actual Watch For Sale. The watch is working well.