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A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS REF 145.022 MVT 39181251 NO 342 SPEEDMASTER APOLLO-SOYUZ CIRCA 1975
Estimate
15,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
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Omega
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS REF 145.022 MVT 39181251 NO 342 SPEEDMASTER APOLLO-SOYUZ CIRCA 1975
Estimate
15,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS REF 145.022 MVT 39181251 NO 342 SPEEDMASTER APOLLO-SOYUZ CIRCA 1975
Movement: cal.861 manual winding lever, 17 jewels, stainless steel dust cap
Case: stainless steel, lyre lugs, black bezel with tachymeter scale, screw-down back with Apollo-Soyuz emblem
Dial: black, luminescent baton indexes
Bracelet/Clasp/Buckle: associated
Diameter: 39mm, bracelet circumference approx. 190mm 
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Extract of the Archives confirming delivery to Italy in 1976
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Catalogue Note

Amidst the Cold War era, on the 15th of July 1975, the American and Soviet space teams joined forces and embarked on the historical Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP).
On July 17th, the ambitious mission resulted in a successful docking of the American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecrafts.

This international achievement was then commemorated the following year by Omega who issued a limited series of 400 special Speedmaster timepieces targeted at the Italian market.

The well preserved dial of the present piece bears the mission emblem painted on the dial without the Speedmaster Professional inscriptions and long hour markers crossing the outer minute track. 

The exclusive Apollo-Soyuz watches were distributed by Fratelli De Marchi in Turin, the sole Italian distributor at the time, whose very rare custom bracelet is still mounted on the present watch today.

The offered timepiece bears the number 342 on its caseback, flanked by the circled “I” (standing for the Italian market) and Omega logo. Furthermore, the special engraving of the Saturn IB American launching vehicle can be seen over a world map background. This treasured Speedmaster accommodates a set of larger 5.5 mm pushers and a modified caseband which differentiate it from the regular ref. 145.022 models. As for all the examples of this limited series, the present Speedmaster example utilises a cal. 861 numbered between 39.180.XX and 39.181.XXX.

Instantly recognisable among collectors, the Apollo-Soyuz Speedmaster is the second limited edition ever released by Omega.

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