OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL',  A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL',  A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL',  A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL',  A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL',  A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
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OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969

Estimate: 7,000 - 9,000 USD

OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969

Estimate: 7,000 - 9,000 USD

Lot Sold:11,875USD

Lot Details

Description

OMEGA

SPEEDMASTER 145.022-68 'TRANSITIONAL' 

A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969


Dial: black

Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels

Movement number: 27'324'930

Case: stainless steel 

Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 13, stamped 1039 and 4.68, endlinks stamped 516

Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 195 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on March 25, 1969, with subsequent delivery to the USA.

Condition Report

CASE

The case is in very good overall condition, and in our view, has likely never been polished. The lyre lugs retain strong proportions and sharp beveled edges. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving, as well as the clear plastic sticker on top of the engraving. The bracelet is in very good condition with very light surface scratches throughout, indicative of seldom wear.


DIAL

The dial is in very good overall condition. The hour markers have aged to an attractive shade of beige. The printing on the dial remains crisp and intact.


MOVEMENT

The chronograph function is operating properly, and dustcap is still present. The movement is running at time of cataloguing, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.


**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

The present reference 145.022-68 from 1968 is considered in the collector community to be a 'transitional' Speedmaster. The rare, and highly sought after, 145.022-68 features all of the same traits as a reference 145.012-67 - with a few exceptions. The stepped dial features an applied metal logo, and long indexes. Additionally the bezel has the original 'dot over ninety' bezel, that has been well preserved over its 50 some year lifespan. 


The 'transitional' model is distinguished by its change from the caliber 321 to caliber 861. The correct movement number for this begins in the mid 26 million serial range, which coincides with the 27'324'930 serial this watch bears.


In overall excellent condition, the present example bear the original Speedmaster Seahorse logo and original Omega crystal.

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