SPEEDMASTER REF 105.002-62 SC
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1963
Calibre: cal. 321 manual winding, 17 jewels
Movement number: 19'832'118
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on May 17, 1963 and subsequent delivery to Aden and associated Omega presentation case
Case in overall very good condition, still retaining strong proportions. Some wear to the edges of the lugs with light loss of edges. With light scuffs and marks throughout consistent with age and wear of the timepiece. Engraving on the case back still visible and crisp and with light scratches on the case back. Bezel insert with some fading to the outer edge. Some small loss to the black in the insert along the inner edge. The stainless steel Omega bracelet is stamped 7912, endlinks stamped 6.
Dial in very good to excellent condition with very even matt black appearance. Lume in good condition with patina consistent with age. Hands with light oxidation.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, 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.
***Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***
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 elusive Speedmaster reference 105.002-62 was produced for slightly more than a year between 1962 and 1964, with serial numbers ranging from 19.583.xxx to 20.525.xxx. It is estimated that Omega produced between 2’200 and 2’600 examples over this short period. This new generation of references in fact replaced the outgoing 2998-62 and was no more than a name update to the transitional design which the late 2998-62 had introduced. Counter-intuitively, Omega kept on delivering the 2998-62 after the production of the 105.002-62 had started, as they most likely had some remaining cases in inventory. The new visual identity is in fact unchanged, as the reference 105.002-62 was produced with the same straight lug case as previously and fitted with the black dot over ninety ('DON') Base 500 tachymeter bezel. The black dial remains signed by Singer and is complemented by a set of luminous Alpha hands or baton hands on very rare 1964 models.
The present Speedmaster reference 105.002-62 was produced in May 1963. The case retains strong proportions with well-defined lug bevels and sharp edges. The homogeneously patinated stepped dial gathers all the correct attributes for this reference, namely a low SWISS MADE script at 6 o’clock, long secondary markers to the minutes register, the expected gap between the applied Omega logo and the Speedmaster signature among other details. The watch is furthermore fitted with the correct set of alpha hands, comprised of a 10mm-long hour hand with triangular luminous groove and a drop-style seconds hand. The inner caseback reassuringly bears the Huguenin Frères hallmark, the correct reference as well as the famously unjustified SC engraving, standing for Central Seconds. This surprising detail can only be observed in reference 105.002-62 and makes very little sense as the Speedmaster would indeed display the running seconds at 9 o’clock.
The present watch is an honest and sharply preserved example of a rare reference. It is offered with its original stainless-steel bracelet 7912/6.