A fine and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with racing dial and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 145.012-67 SP
    Movement No: 26'545'197
    Model Name: Speedmaster
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet stamped "516" to the endlinks, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp stamped "1039" and "4 67"
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on October 7, 1968 with black and red with luminous indexes and its subsequent delivery to Switzerland.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 145.012 was in production from 1967 to 1969. It is the successor to ref. 105.012, with one of the main improvements being the new pusher styles, taller than the previous iteration. Furthermore, some examples of this reference mount special pushers with even higher water resistance capabilities than the standard ones. Such models are identified by the SP designation at the end of the reference (SP standing for Special Poussoirs - Special Pushers), such as the present specimen.

    The model undergoes subtle design changes during its lifetime, most notably moving from a chronographic seconds hand featuring a “teardrop-style” tails in the first examples to much more linear “needle-like” one for later ones, such as the present piece.

    The true appeal of this specimen lies however in its unusual dial configuration, defined chiefly by the red five-minute divisions. Such dials - now known by the Omega community as “Racing Dials” - are extremely rare to find - especially in such flawless condition. Beyond their aesthetic appeal and rarity, they also represent one of the extremely scarce examples of Speedmaster dials featuring other colors than black and white.

  • Maker Bio

    Omega

    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Ref. 145.012-67 SP
A fine and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with racing dial and bracelet

1968
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
CHF15,000 - 25,000 
€13,400-22,300
$15,100-25,200

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Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+ 41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE

Geneva Auction 11-12 May 2019