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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 145.012-68SP
    Movement No: 26'076'720
    Model Name: Speedmaster, “Racing Professional”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, endlinks stamped 516, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp, stamped 1039 & 4.69
    Dimensions: 41.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Omega International Guarantee dated February 14, 1970, red Omega wallet and product literature
    Literature: To learn more about the Racing Dial Projects, please see Grégoire Rossier and Anthony Marquié, Moonwatch Only: 60 Years of Omega Speedmaster, pp. 488-490

  • Catalogue Essay

    There are at least three different versions of the Racing model, which have the common features of a dial with bi-color minute markers on two levels, and chronograph hands of a specific color. The present example belongs to the second version of the Racing model series. Dubbed as the “Racing Professional", this version is defined by its Omega logo in white, the “Professional” designation under the Speedmaster name, and special stepped dial design. This configuration is seen on 105.012 and 145.012, such as the present example. The purpose of this special configuration could have been better legibility of the chronograph function in car racing situations.

    Thus far there has been no official information about the status of these Racing models. However, interviews with collectors and Omega managers lend weight to the theory that these special dials and hands could have been developed for projects which never been officially gone through. For years, the Speedmaster has proven to be a big favorite among collectors, and this present example will sure please even the most discerning aficionados.

  • 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. 145.012-68SP
An extremely rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with racing dial, bracelet and guarantee

Circa 1968
41.5mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$156,000 - 312,000 

Sold for HK$400,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019