- A Rare Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Registers, Tachometer and Bracelet Presented to Astronaut Donn F. Eisele by the Omega Watch Co. in Recognition of the Apollo VII MissionSpeedmaster Professional, Circa 1969, Movement No. 28080681, Ref. 145022-69, No. 22
- diameter 42mm.
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Accompanied by flown Apollo VII beta patch, flown American flag and flown Apollo VII mission insignia medallion numbered 11.
The inscription to the case back reads: 'ASTRONAUT DON F. EISELE - to mark man's conquest of space with time, through time, on time - APOLLO 7, No. 22'. (sic)
The present watch is from a special edition of 28 examples that Omega made in 18k gold for the Apollo astronauts in recognition of their achievements in outer space. The present watch is number 22 from that special series. These pieces were presented to the astronauts at a gala reception in Houston, Texas, in October 1969, after the successes of the Apollo XI moon landing.
It is interesting to note that the inscription on the back of the watch misspells Eisele's name, dedicating it to 'Don F. Eisele' rather than the proper 'Donn F. Eisele'.
This model, Ref. 145.022, is the successor to the model worn on most of the early Apollo missions (including Apollo VII), Ref. 145.012. The main difference between the two models is the movement inside each, as after 1968, Cal. 321 was replaced by Cal. 861, which was seen as more durable and more accurate. From 1968 until the end of the Apollo program in 1972, this was the model (in stainless steel) worn by the astronauts in orbit.
Today, most Omega Speedmaster Professional Wristwatches are inscribed, 'The First Watch Worn on the Moon'.