Lot 7
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OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER RACING DIAL, REFERENCE 145.012-67 SPSTAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH EXOTIC DIAL AND BRACELETMADE IN 1968

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20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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Description

  • SPEEDMASTER RACING DIAL, REFERENCE 145.012-67 SPSTAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH EXOTIC DIAL AND BRACELETMADE IN 1968
Dial: black, racing dialCalibre: cal. 321 manual winding, 17 jewelsMovement number: 26'541'088Case: stainless steel, screw-down back Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with integrated folding clasp Dimensions: 42mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 190mmSigned: case, dial and movement Accessories: Omega Extract of the Archives confirming subsequent delivery to the United Kingdom in 1968, service card from Swisstec with a two year warranty until 2021.   

Catalogue Note

The enigmatic ‘racing dial’ Omegas have continues to beguile collectors due to the fact that there are so few recorded examples in circulation. General consensus between collectors is that these watches were rarely released for public consumption, and instead developed with a more specific purpose in mind. There are 3 versions of the racing model, but which commonly feature two colours on the dial: red and black. The first example, the ‘pre-professional’ model has an applied metal Omega logo , red and white hour markers, red hands, white chronograph hand and the ‘checker-board’ scale around the outside. The second example, as per this lot, features the same distinctive hour markers, scale and hands but also a white painted Omega logo and ‘professional’ printed clearly under the Speedmaster script. The subsidiary dials are noticeably smaller. The third example with similarly painted text, features a grey dial with orange accents and logo.

This watch is not only rare for the reasons stated above but also because the watch remains in superb condition, having been carefully looked after from the same owner throughout the decades. However, what is even more captivating about this watch is that it has been confirmed by the manufacturer as one of the very few to have been delivered directly to the UK. It is thought that the majority of these models were delivered to Switzerland and Japan, making this present lot an extremely exciting find.

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