Omega - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1970
    Reference No: ST 145.022-69
    Movement No: 29.609.038
    Model Name: Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 861, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet endlinks stamped "516", max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp stamped "1039" & "4,69"
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega associated box. Further delivered with Omega Extract from the Archives confirming its subsequent date of production on 9th June 1970 and its delivery to Japan.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Considered as one of the rarest transitional references among the “pre-Moon” Speedmaster line-up, the ST 145.022-69 was made in extremely small quantities for just over a year, from 1969 to early 1971. As the very last reference to be conceived before the moon landing, watches from this batch are closed with a caseback that makes no reference to the mission despite being commercially sold in December 1969. With aesthetics relatively similar to the ST 145.012, the two models can only be differentiated by certain finite distinguishable features identified by Speedmaster scholars and enthusiasts.

    While many “-69” watches feature a “dot next to 90” bezel, the present example stands out from its peers, featuring a “dot over 90” bezel that enhances the rarity of this watch. Its original black step dial has also aged gracefully into a chocolate hue, complemented by Tritium-treated lumes, elongated hands and an applied logo at 12 o’clock.

    Carrying the desired traits of a transitional Speedmaster ref. ST 145.022-69, the present example is a rare bird that is not only historically important but also features a "tropical" brown dial that has aged beautifully in excellent overall condition.

  • 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. ST 145.022-69
A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "tropical" dial and bracelet

1970
42mm diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$65,000 - 95,000 
€8,400-12,200
$8,300-12,200

Sold for HK$107,100

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)