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

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1995
    Reference No: 345.0022
    Movement No: 48’322’053
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 861, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet stamped “812”, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp, stamped “1479”
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Delivered with the Omega Extract from the Archives confirming the date of manufacture of the present timepiece on 21st August 1995 and its delivery to SMH Asia.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Omega Speedmaster Reference 345.0022 was first introduced in 1988 and remained in production until circa 1996. The 1990s are extremely important for the Speedmaster history, in fact it is the decade where we see for the first time “emblems” in the 9 o’ clock subdial. In 1995 Omega first introduced the Apollo XIII limited edition with the mission badge painted on the seconds subdial, followed by the “Mission Valise” in 1997 where 22 Speedmasters are fitted with the painted badges of the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab missions. After the success obtained, the Bienne based manufactured released an unnumbered but very limited production of individual “Mission Dials” in 1998. Collectors may remember the 10 steel Speedmaster made in 1991 for the Omani Royal family with the Khanjar and the Royal Crown engraved on the case back, which brings us to the present lot. According to our researches, it is the only known and for the first time at auction Speedmaster made for the Thai Royal family. The present rare example features a rare emblem printed on the sub-register at 9 o'clock signifying the fact that it was made specially for the Thai Royal family. Important in provenance and rare in its aesthetics, the present Speedmaster ref. 345.0022 will certainly garner interest from Speedy lovers, especially from Thailand.

  • 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. 345.0022
A fine and possibly unique stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet made for the Thai Royal family

Circa 1995
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 300,000 
€17,900-35,800
$19,200-38,500

Sold for HK$529,200

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022