A fine and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch made for the Automovil Club Peruano

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1964
    Reference No: ST105.012
    Movement No: 20’520’747
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional "ACP"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial further signed by Automovil Club Peruano
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch and its subsequent sale to the Automovil Club Peruano on July 2, 1964

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most elusive versions of the Speedmaster is the one epitomised by the present ref. 105.012 bearing the designation A.C.P. on the dial. While in the past it was thought this designation stands for “Association of Chief of Police”, research in the Omega Archives proved that it stands instead for “Automovil Club Peruano”, the Peruvian Motorsport Association. All the ACP Speedmasters share the following details:
    double stepped caseback marked 105.012-63
    “Professional” destination on the dial
    “Swiss Made” designation (not “T swiss Made T”)
    Serial number 20’520’xxx
    and of course ACP at 12 o’clock

    Given the very narrow serial number range these watches can bear, it is obvious that their scarcity is remarkable. Furthermore, given the intense usage these timepieces were subject to - they were intended to keep time during car races - an educated guess tells us that many of them are either lost or bear later parts installed during service.

    In fact, scholarship tells us that only 50 examples were ever delivered to the ACP.

    For the joy of the collector, however, the present piece is offered in absolutely original and very well-preserved condition of both case and dial. No sign of aggressive polishing is present on the case, which maintains sharp edges to the lyre-shaped lugs. The dial as well is totally devoid of cosmetic interventions or restorations: the graphics are excellently preserved and the luminous material absolutely original.

    The Automobile Club Peruano was founded on April 16, 1942 in Lima with the intent of promoting motorsports in the country. It is thanks to ACP that one of the most important rally competitions in the world - the “Rally Incas” or “Caminos del Inca” - exists today. In 1962, after taking part in a rally competition in Argentina, Henry Bradley came back to Peru and pointed out to Romano Alzamora - then Director of the Club - that no such competition existed in the country. After four years of planning, in 1966 the first Rally Incas took place.

  • 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. ST105.012
A fine and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch made for the Automovil Club Peruano

1964
40mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed by maker, dial further signed by Automovil Club Peruano

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 
€27,400-45,700
$30,100-50,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction X

Geneva Auction 9-10 November 2019