OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-65 'PRE-PROFESSIONAL', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1968
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 105.003-65 'PRE-PROFESSIONAL'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1968
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 24'535'839
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 13, stamped 1035 and 1501, dated 4.66, endlinks stamped 6
Dimensions: 38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 190 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Omega presentation box, international guarantee, Omega booklet, leather booklet holder, four extra links, and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on June 20, 1967 and subsequent delivery to the United Kingdom.
The case is in good overall condition, and in our view, has seen a polishing or two in its past. There is some light surface scratching visible, and some nicks present, most notably at the upper and lower left lug. Bezel with wear and scratches overall. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving. The bracelet has likely been lightly polished and displays some minor stretch and surface scratching throughout.
The dial is in good overall condition. The hour markers and hands have aged to an attractive shade of caramel. The hands, in our view, have been relumed.
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.
It is this reference of the Speedmaster, the 105.003, that became the first official watch certified for space use by NASA in 1965. It is additionally the last ‘Pre-Professional’ Speedmaster and also the last reference with straight lugs. The present lot is a well preserved and attractive example of the reference, the dial having aged to a soft grey color. The reference 105.003-65 bears a curious detail within. The case back is signed with ‘RJ’ or ‘FJ’, a signature that has only been found on this reference, and the maker remains unknown. It can be surmised that as Omega was winding down production of the straight lug Speedmasters, the company outsourced these cases, and allowed their normal partners such as Heguenin Frères (HF) and Le Centrale Boites (CB). For another example of the reference 105.003-65 with this case signature see lot 24.