OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-64 'PULSATION BEZEL', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1965
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-64 'PULSATION BEZEL'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1965
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 20'527'270
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 January 26, 1965 and subsequent delivery to Venezuela.
The case is in very good overall condition with light scratching visible throughout, and in our view, has been polished. The bezel has faded to an attractive shade of grey, with minor surface scratching visible throughout, most notably spanning from the 7 to 12 o'clock position and along the outer edges. The caseback still retains the Speedmaster 'Seahorse' logo.
The dial is in good overall condition, and in our view, the luminous hour markers and hands have been relumed. There is dirt visible on the luminous material, and there is some loss visible on the majority of the hour markers.
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 Speedmaster has become synonymous with space travel, however the first advertisements and coralation for the watch was related to automobile racing. The external tachometer bezel allowed for easy reading of speed, and this form of legibility was applied to other bezel variations for the watch. The present lot bears a rare Pulsations bezel, used to measure heart rate. This bezel was an option for Speedmasters from the beginning of the 1960s.