Omega - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 145.012-67 SP
    Movement No: 26’072’787
    Case No: 26’072’787
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Forstner JB expandable bracelet, max length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Forstner JB deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Forstner adjustment tools. Further delivered with Omega Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture of the present timepiece on 25th April 1968 and its delivery to Japan.
    Literature: A similar example is featured in Moonwatch Only: 60 Years of Omega Speedmaster by Gregoire Rossier and Anthony Marquie on pp290-291.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A giant step for mankind and an icon of space travel, the Omega Speedmaster represents the rigours and passion that extend its reach beyond to the moon. Famous for its achievement to be the flight qualified timepiece for all manned space missions, the ref. 105.012 and ref. 145.012 were the first models to ever surface the moon with the prior produced from 1964-1968 and the latter in 1967-1969.

    Born in circa 1968, the present specimen of the Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.012-67 SP in outstanding condition was one of the last model to be equipped with the legendary manual wound calibre 321, the very movement that delivered incredible reliability and performance which passed the demanding standards by NASA. Entrusted with confidence, the ref. 145.012 was the companion for astronauts: Michael Collins (Apollo 11), Alan Shepard (Apollo 14), Tom Stafford (Apollo-Soyuz) during their space missions.

    Differing from the ref. 105.012, the ref. 145.012-67 SP features Spécial Poussoirs (special pushers) that improved water resistance. Featuring the correct 26.072 million serial from the era, the present specimen ticks all the boxes for connoisseurs with the presence of design nuances: from the charm of the applied Omega logo and correct drop counterweight chronograph hand on the spaced “T” dial, the dot diagonal 70 bezel, and extended to the exterior the Huguenin Frères lyre lugs case, narrow flat-feet crown and also single-bevel caseback. Now 55 years later since its launch, with an estimated production numbers under 28,000 units, it has become rare birds to capture a specimen in such preserved condition like the present example. Preserved with incredible vintage appeal and richness of its aged patina, the timepiece can be worn with its 1039/516 inspired JB Champion bracelet with semi-elastic flat links. A faithful recreation from 1966 with refined durability and versatility, the bracelet wears with exceptional comfort.

    Delivered with the Extract from the Archives from Omega confirming the production of the present timepiece on 25th of April in 1968 and its delivery to Japan. Belonging to the exact same reference as the Speedmaster formerly owned by Ralph W. Ellison which fetched a total of $667,800 USD in Phillips New York auction along with recent world record-breaking results of Speedmaster in Geneva auction, it is the perfect opportunity for Speedy collectors to acquire this exceptional specimen from the end of the 321 series.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 145.012-67 SP
A fine and well-preserved stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

Circa 1968
42mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 
€5,900-9,400
$6,400-10,300

Sold for HK$94,500

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022