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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: ST105.003-65
    Movement No: 24'537'868
    Model Name: Speedmaster "Ed White"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet with endlinks stamped 6, max. length 210 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp, stamped 7912, 1.65
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming the date of production on May 10, 1967.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 105.003-65 marks a pivotal movement in Omega history, as it was the Speedmaster reference rigorously tested by NASA that would become the timepiece chosen to accompany astronauts to the moon. From that moment forward, the destiny of Omega was fundamentally and profoundly changed, and has since been very closely aligned with space exploration.

    It is nicknamed the "Ed White", as the astronaut Ed White wore a reference 105.003-65 during his historic spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission, becoming the first American to do so. He stayed in space longer than his allotted time, and famously upon his return remarked “I’m coming back in…and it’s the saddest moment of my life.”

    This reference is also the last of the Speedmasters to feature straight lugs, Omega later switched to “lyra” style, twisted lugs with an asymmetric case incorporating a crown guard.

    The present example in appealing condition features a rare grey dial that is sure to please Speedmaster aficionados.

  • Artist Biography

    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. ST105.003-65
An attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet and grey dial

1967
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF8,000 - 12,000 
€7,300-10,900
$8,700-13,100

Sold for CHF20,160

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
[email protected]

 

 

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021