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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: 1965
    Reference No: 105.003-64
    Movement No: 22’082’401, stamped OXG
    Model Name: Speedmaster, “Ed White”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega link bracelet, endlinks stamped 6, max length 150mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp stamped 7913, and 1.65
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on May 7th, 1965 and its delivery to the United States.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 105.003 marks a pivotal moment in Omega’s history, as it was the Speedmaster reference rigorously tested by NASA that would become the timepiece chosen to accompany astronauts to the moon. From that moment forward, the destiny of Omega was fundamentally and profoundly changed, and has since been very closely aligned with space exploration. Nicknamed the "Ed White" for astronaut Ed White who wore a reference 105.003-65 during his historic spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission in June 1965, becoming the first American to do so. He stayed in space longer than his allotted time, and famously upon his return remarked “I’m coming back in…and it’s the saddest moment of my life.”

    The present example is offered for the first time at auction, and features a very rare, vibrant blue tachymeter bezel. Research indicates approximately 22 similar examples are known, within the date ranges between 1964 and 1965, and clustered around the serial numbers 22’08X’XXX and 20’527’XXX. These rare bezels are found mainly on the references 105.003-64 like the present watch, the 105.012-64, as well as one publicly known reference CK2998. It is interesting to note the current owner purchased this rare Omega via the American classified advertisement website, Craigslist.com, where he originally thought the dial was tropical through the post’s images. After purchase, he realized the dial was not tropical once receiving photos from the owner. When he finally held the watch in his hands, he was thrilled to discover the vibrant blue of the bezel, and began a journey to uncover the story of the blue bezel.

    The “Ed White” is a historically important reference, and this example is in excellent overall condition with correct Omega bracelet and end links, and even more importantly the very rare blue bezel. This Speedmaster will captivate collectors both for it historical role in American space exploration and its rarity.

  • 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. 105.003-64
A very rare and attractive stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with blue tachymeter bezel and bracelet

1965
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 
CHF9,300-14,000
€8,900-13,400
HK$78,000-117,000

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021