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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: BA 145.022
    Movement No: 29’117’107
    Case No: 827
    Model Name: Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 861, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Omega bracelet, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow Omega deployant clasp stamped “1116/575”
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on 9th April, 1970 delivery to Sweden.

  • Catalogue Essay

    “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” As the American astronaut Neil Armstrong sets his left foot on the lunar surface, these famous words were transmitted back to earth to eager Americans on July 20th, 1969. The reference 145.022 in yellow gold chronograph was released following this historical event as a commemoration of this accomplishment of mankind. With only 1,014 examples produced by Omega, the first and second examples were offered to the President and Vice-President of the United States. Number 3 to 32 were offered to mission astronauts and they were engraved “To mark man’s conquest of space with time, through time, on time”. The remaining watches were sold to the general public and like the present example number 827, featured an engraved back reading “Omega Speedmaster-Apollo XI 1969-The First Watch Worn on the Moon”.

    The 18K yellow gold edition with a rare burgundy DON bezel has a grand appeal and heightens the importance of this historical event. Housed in this extraordinary piece is the 861 calibre that was approved by NASA for space missions.

    Omega reissued a 50th anniversary 18K moonshine gold limited edition with sapphire case back in 2019 as a tribute to this cool legacy Moonwatch The present lot is well preserved in excellent overall condition and retaining all of its crisp edges and engravings. This is an exceptional original historical timepiece and rare opportunity for Speedmaster collectors to add to their collection.

  • 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. BA 145.022
A very fine and rare limited edition yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with burgundy bezel and bracelet, numbered 827 out of a limited edition 1014 pieces

Circa 1969
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$140,000 - 220,000 
€15,100-23,700
$17,900-28,200

Sold for HK$289,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020