SPEEDMASTER REF 105.012-64 'TRITIUM'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1965
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 22'083'266
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel associated buckle
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Omega presentation box and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on May 17, 1965 and subsequent delivery to Switzerland.
The case is in very good overall condition, and in our view, has been polished. The lyre lugs retain strong proportions and well defined beveled edges. The bezel has some scratches visible throughout, and some dents visible spanning from 8-10 o'clock. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving.
The dial is in good overall condition. The hour markers have aged to an attractive shade of taupe, and the hands have been completely relumed and replaced. The printing on the dial remains crisp and intact.
The chronograph function is operating properly, however the hour register does advance without activation of the chronograph and would benefit from a service, 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 reference 105.012 was made from 1963 to 1966, and it was the first Speedmaster to be dubbed ‘Professional’ on the dial and feature the asymmetric case.
The present lot is from the second series of this reference, and was the first dial to designate the Tritium luminous material in the Swiss signature with T SWISS MADE T at the 6 o’clock.
This addition was introduced in April 1964, following new Swiss legislation required dials to mention the use of radioactive luminescent material.