Omega Speedmaster Transitional 1968
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About this watch
This delightful Omega Speedmaster Pre-Moon “Transitional” model is a pleasure to handle. The stepped dial is in good condition and features the applied metal logo. The simple high-contrast index markers are accentuated by the dark background and the luminous quality is in keeping with the vintage.
It has the hallmark triple register chronometer layout and a spear end chronometer hand. Typically for this 1968 model, on the bezel an accent appears over the first ‘E’ of the word ‘TACHYMETER’ and a dot is positioned over the ’90’ (DO90).
This is a manually-wound movement model. The case, reference 145.022-68ST, is asymmetric with slightly protected pushers and crown. The caseback bears the Omega Seahorse and the word ‘SPEEDMASTER’. Case, crown are signed.
The watch, reference number 2732xxxx, has been fully serviced and regulated. It runs reliably, holds charge well and keeps very good time.
A little history:
The term “Transitional” is used to refer to those timepieces occurring between the 145.012 and the 145.022-69 (with
the painted logo dial). More specifically, distinguishing features for a transitional tend to be:
Dial with applied metal logo and long hour indices
Chronometer hand with square end or spear end
Bezel with dot positioned over the ’90’ and accent on first ‘E’ of ‘TACHYMETER’ (DO90)
Case reference 145.022-68
Movement calibre 861 with low serial number from 26m to 27m
In the same year:
The first ever pictures of the whole of the Earth from space are taken as Apollo 8 heads out on a trajectory towards the moon. Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos make a stand for social awareness on the medals podium at the Mexico Olympics. The release of Japanese film ‘The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun’ creates a milestone in animated film.
The Photos Shown Are From The Actual Watch For Sale. The watch is working well.