OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-65 'FLIGHT QUALIFIED', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH MADE IN 1966
SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-65 'FLIGHT QUALIFIED'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH MADE IN 1966
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 24'001'394
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 June 13, 1966 and subsequent delivery to the United Kingdom.
The case is in very good overall condition with light scratching visible throughout, and in our view, has been polished. The lugs retain their beveled edges. The bezel has faded to an attractive shade of grey. The caseback still retains the Speedmaster 'Seahorse' logo.
The dial is in good overall condition; it is a service dial. The minute hand is missing the luminous material.
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 105.003 was produced from 1964 to 1969 and it was the model that became officially Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions on March 1, 1965.
The present lot is a 105.003-65 which became famous as the watch worn by astronaut Edward White during the 1965 Gemini IV mission when he became the first astronaut to space walk. The watch has since then received the nickname Ed White to celebrate this historical moment.
Powered by the last generation of cal. 321, this charming example is fitted with its correct 'dot over ninety' bezel (DON) from the first series (1961-1970), as indicated by the dot next to the base of the 70 mark.