OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 105.002-62 'FAP', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1963
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 105.002-62 'FAP'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1963
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 19'584'305
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, stamped 7912 and dated 2.63, endlinks stamped 6
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 210 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on July 19, 1963 and subsequent delivery to Peru.
The case is in very good overall condition, with some light surface scratching visible throughout. In our view, the case has been polished, and the beveled edges are slightly rounded. The bezel is slightly faded, and has some light scratching to the laquer. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving. The bracelet has some minor stretch and surface scratching visible throughout.
The dial is in good overall condition, with some spotting to the lacquer visible throughout the dial and subdials. The hour markers have aged to a light shade of brown.
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.
The rare reference 105.002-62 was produced between late 1962 and the second quarter of 1964 within the 19.583.xxx to 20.525.xxx serial range. This actual reference came to life after Omega renamed the reference 2998-62. Interestingly, some 2998-62 were still delivered during the production of the 105.002-62, as Omega likely had some spare 2998-62 cases.
The design cues are therefore very identical to the 2998-62, with a base 500 dot over ninety (DON) tachometer bezel which was introduced on the reference 2998-3 in 1960, a set of luminous Alpha hands and the early 4mm small pushers. The inner case back of reference 105.002-62 ironically bears the SC lettering, referring to Central Seconds, even though the running seconds would be displayed on the 9 o’clock subsidiary register.
In addition to being part of the space exploration for many decades and reaching a legendary status in doing so, the Speedmaster was also the perfect choice for elite Military forces.
The present Speedmaster reference 105.002-62 FAP, or Fuerza Aérea del Perú stands as an exceptionally collectible piece. The Peruvian Airforce was created in 1929 and has actively protected its Nation since, taking part in military conflicts such as the Peruvian-Ecuadorian War, the Cold War and the Cenepa War to name but a few. Omega supplied the FAP mostly with CK 2915 references, making the present watch an extremely rare iteration of an already elusive reference. The timepiece looks identical to a standard production ref. 105.002-62 with the addition of the 'FAP' initials engraved into the case back.