Omega - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1975
    Reference No: 145.012-67 SP
    Movement No: 26’556’354
    Model Name: Speedmaster “Racing”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 321, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Omega bracelet, end links stamped 516, max length approximately 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Omega deployant clasp, reference 1039, stamped 1.71
    Dimensions: 42mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on January 9th, 1975 and delivery to Switzerland with black dial and red/white racing indexes.
    Literature: A similar example is illustrated in the book Moonwatch Only by Grégoire Rossier & Anthony Marquie, pg. 459.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Omega’s Speedmaster line is legendary amongst collectors, and today it is one of the most sought-after vintage chronograph wristwatches on the market. Introduced in 1957, the model has gone under various design and technical changes through the years, but it has always retained its reputation for precision timekeeping.

    This particular Speedmaster, reference 145.012-67 SP, features “lyre”-style twisted lugs with an asymmetrical case incorporating crown guards and a tachymeter scale on the bezel. The “SP” designation in French indicates the watch was equipped with “special poussoirs”, which in English means “special pushers”, providing greater water resistance than those without the ‘SP’ designation.

    What makes the present lot exceptional is the utterly rare “exotic”, matte black dial known as the “racing dial”, with a red handset and bicolor red and white hour indexes. This configuration does not appear often, and there are extremely few examples that have ever appeared publicly. It carries a “two liner” designation 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. A nearly identical example is shown in the Moonwatch Only book. 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 sports watches.

  • 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
An extremely rare and compelling stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with black “racing dial”, tachymeter bezel, and bracelet

Circa 1975
42mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

Estimate
$30,000 - 60,000 
CHF28,600-57,300
€29,200-58,400
HK$234,000-469,000
S$41,400-82,800

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022