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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1992
    Reference No: BA 145.0053
    Movement No: 1/50
    Case No: 1/50
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional “Skeleton”
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 867, 21 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Omega bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Omega deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega service invoice. Delivered with Omega Extract from the Archives confirming its date of manufacture of the present timepiece in 1992 and its delivery to Switzerland.

  • Catalogue Essay

    While the Omega Speedmaster Professional has accumulated a prestigious heritage over the decades, mostly notably for its status of being the first wristwatch worn on the moon, the Speedmaster has certainly offered much more than its robust stainless steel body. Like most chronograph wristwatches from the respective era of the 1960s, the Speedmaster was powered by the famous cal. 27 CHRO C12 for models produced up until 1968, and succeeding it was the firm’s iconic cal. 861.

    To mark its important standing in the history of the famed Speedmaster, Omega released a series of limited edition Speedmasters in yellow gold to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 27 CHRO C12 in 1992 with a total of three different models including the ref. BA 345.0052 limited to 999 pieces, ref. BA 348.0052 limited to 250 pieces and finally the ref. BA 145.0053 limited to 50 pieces with its desirable skeletonized dial executed by Armin Strom. While the first limited edition reference features a solid engraved caseback, the two latter references all featured a sapphire display caseback and were the first Speedmasters to utilize a sapphire crystal.

    The present example Omega Speedmaster Professional ref. BA 145.0053 with a beautifully executed openwork dial and movement with hand-engraved bridges and plates, belongs to the rare third series limited edition example of 50 pieces. Featuring a black bezel insert with matching gold graphics and matching black registers, the appeal against the yellow gold movement is complete and provides the wearer with improved legibility. Numbered 1, the present example is the first example of the reference made and it has fortunately been well-preserved over the years. Extremely rare with a distinctive appeal, the present example is surely a grail for Omega 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 145.0053
A very fine, attractive and rare limited edition yellow gold skeletonized chronograph wristwatch with bracelet, numbered 1 of a limited edition of 50 pieces

1992
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$155,000 - 235,000 
€17,200-26,000
$19,900-30,100

Sold for HK$819,000

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021