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

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  • Condition Report

  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1968
    Reference No: 145.012-67 SP
    Movement No: 26'545'195
    Model Name: Speedmaster
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet stamped "516" to the endlinks, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp stamped "1039" and "1 69"
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on August 28, 1968 with “Racing” dial and its subsequent delivery to Switzerland.
    Literature: A similar example is illustrated in the book Moonwatch Only, 60 years of Omega Speedmaster, by Grégoire Rossier & Anthony Marquie, pg. 488.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 145.012 was in production from 1967 to 1969. It is the successor to ref. 105.012, with one of the main improvements being the new pusher styles, taller than the previous iteration. Furthermore, some examples of this reference mount special pushers with even higher water resistance capabilities than the standard ones. Such models are identified by the SP designation at the end of the reference (SP standing for Special Poussoirs - Special Pushers), such as the present specimen.

    What makes the present lot exceptional is the utterly rare “exotic”, matte black dial known as the “racing dial”. This configuration does not appear often, Phillips has previously offered only 5 examples of reference 145.012 with “racing” dial, all with close movement numbers. It carries a “two liner” with Omega and Speedmaster only, and omits the designation Professional as found on later examples. Also, the T does not flank the Swiss Made script at the bottom of the dial for Tritium, another indication of its early origins. The colors of the dial and hands are vibrant, and together with the well-preserved condition of the case, make it an exciting addition to any collection of rare Speedmasters.

  • 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. 145.012-67 SP
A fine and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with racing dial and bracelet

1968
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$390,000 - 780,000 
€45,700-91,400
$50,000-100,000

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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