OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-63 'DOT OVER NINETY', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1964
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-63 'DOT OVER NINETY'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1964
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 20'522'557
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel associated buckle
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on November 18, 1964 and subsequent delivery to Mexico.
The case is in very good overall condition with light scratching visible throughout, and in our view, has been polished particularly to the edges so the lugs retain good proportions, and when looking closely can see the remnants of its original beveled edges. The bezel is in very good condition, with some light surface scratching and minor loss to the black paint. The caseback has some scratching visible, and still retains the Speedmaster 'Seahorse' logo.
The dial is in very good overall condition. The hour markers and hands have been relumed. There is some minor loss to the outer minute track between 11 and 12 o'clock and the '20' in the 3 o'clock register.
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.
Superseding the reference 105.002, the Speedmaster 105.003 was produced from 1964 to 1969. For a description of the historical importance of this reference, please refer to lot 43.
The reference 105.003 was in fact produced in three almost identical iterations over the course of five years: the -63, -64 and -65. The 105.003-63 stood as the first production batch between 1964 and 1966 and bears a serial number range between 20.520.xxx to 20.522.xxx. Its design is extremely similar to the outgoing reference 105.002-62 with a set of straight lugs, no crown guards and the permanent addition of the trademark baton hands for an increased contrast with the black matte dial. This dial and hands combination, even if sporadically seen on late references 105.002-62, had interestingly already been officially introduced a couple months before in early 1964 with the first Professional Speedmaster ref. 105.012.
The present Speedmaster 105.003-63 is in fact an extremely collectible version of this reference. It bears an immensely rare early SWISS MADE dial, confirming its date of production to be before April 1964. Indeed, all dials issued by Omega after this date had to bear the T Swiss T indication at 6’oclock, following a strict Swiss regulation which required any radioactive material to be mentioned on the dial. As the reference 105.003-63 was launched a few months before the law was passed, only a very few pieces bear this early dial.
The present Speedmaster furthermore bears the signature 'dot over ninety' bezel (DON) in its correct iteration, bearing a dot at the lower right base of the 70 mark and produced from 1961 to 1970. Lastly, the second generation caliber 321 is concealed with the all-original double-beveled case back, proudly showcasing the Speedmaster script at the center.