Omega - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 145.012-67 SP
    Movement No: 2'6078'169
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional "Ultraman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather "racing" strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract of the Archives confirming production of the present watch on August 9. 1968

  • Catalogue Essay

    Thanks to its orange chronograph seconds hand the Omega Speedmaster reference 145.012 can be instantly recognized as an “Ultraman”.

    The name comes from a Japanese TV series created in the mid 1960s by Eiji Tsuburaya (co-creator of the original Godzilla series). Ultraman begins with an intergalactic being (Ultraman) accidentally colliding with and killing a member of Earth’s Science Special Search Party (SSSP), Shin Hayata. Feeling remorseful, Ultraman merges his own life force with Hayata’s and vows to defend Earth against any that would seek to threaten it. Ultraman lives within Hayata, who transforms into Ultraman when the need arises. While Hayata is a normal man, Ultraman is a 40 meter tall silver and red-orange creature. His crested head and large, intimidating eyes became instantly iconic, as did his orange and silver suit. The catch was that Ultraman could only fight for three minutes before his energy was depleted. In 1971, according to Omega, the producers of Ultraman Returns selected Omega’s "Moonwatch" as part of the Monster Attack Team’s monster fighting kit.

    Reference 145.012-67 was also used by more contemporary superheroes such as the astronauts on the Apollo 11, Apollo 14, and Apollo-Soyuz missions. It was the last Speedmaster model to be fitted with the renowned caliber 321 and is set apart from its predecessors by its ‘SP’ (‘SP’ for “Spécial Poussoirs” or “special pushers”) that increased water resistance. For many years collectors believed these watches were later modifications. However, after prolonged research, it appears that a very limited batch (less than fifty) of Speedmaster watches were produced by Omega with the iconic central second orange hand. However, the number of official “Ultraman” watches is still unknown, what is known is that all these watches were produced in 1968 and with serial numbers ranging from and

    The present lot in overall attractive condition is a good opportunity for the collector of unusual and rare vintage pieces to own one of the fabled Ultraman Speedmaster.

  • 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. 145.012-67 SP
An attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with tachymeter bezel and special orange chronograph hand

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF32,760

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022