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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1991
    Reference No: ST 145.022 (ST 345.0022)
    Movement No: 48’276’888
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 861, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel bracelet, end links stamped 633, max. length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel folding deployant clasp, stamped 1171/1
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet signed, case back further engraved with Khanjar emblem
    Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming this watch was produced on 10.9.1991 and delivered to Oman.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present Omega Speedmaster, encased in steel, is an absolutely exciting example of Omega’s iconic model due to its Royal provenance. Crisply engraved on the caseback are the highly coveted “Khanjar” daggers, the national emblem of Oman. The Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, is a well known collector and horological enthusiast, and specially commissioned watches to be given as gifts to loyal servants and foreign dignitaries. Timepieces with this emblem are extremely sought after, and due to their rarity, few appear on the market.

    Scholarship suggests that only ten watches were made in 1991 for Oman, and according to extensive research, no more than three pieces are accounted for within the collectors community.

    As the Extract from Omega’s archives confirms, the watch was delivered to Oman in 1991. To date, less than a handful of this reference are known bearing the Khanjar engraving on the caseback. A reference
    ST 145.022, it is fitted with the manual-winding caliber 861, introduced following the successful moon landing of Apollo XI in 1969.
    The case is in immaculate condition, and interestingly, the movement number is repeated on the underside of the bottom left lug. It is an important and extremely rare Speedmaster Professional model that will certainly impress any enthusiast.

  • Artist Biography


    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. ST 145.022 (ST 345.0022)
An extremely rare and highly attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black dial, tachometer bezel and bracelet, engraved Khanjar emblem on the caseback, made for the Sultanate of Oman.

40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet signed, case back further engraved with Khanjar emblem

CHF15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF30,000

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START-STOP-RESET: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs

Geneva Auction 14 May 2016