OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 105.012-65 'BUZZ ALDRIN', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1967
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 105.012-65 'BUZZ ALDRIN'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1967
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 24'952'506
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 13, stamped 1039 and dated 2.67, endlinks stamped 516
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 195 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Omega presentation box autographed by Buzz Aldrin, and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on July 31, 1967 and subsequent delivery to Sweden.
The case is in very good overall condition, with some minor nicks visible most notably on the upper left lug. The case, in our view, has likely never been polished. The lyre lugs retain strong proportions and sharp beveled edges. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving. The bracelet has some minor stretch and surface scratching visible throughout.
The dial is in good overall condition with even color and no visible damage. The hour markers and hands have been relumed earlier in their life.
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.
Produced between 1964 and 1968, the reference 105.012 represents a milestone in the Speedmaster’s development, as it brought to the market the chronograph’s case design as we know it today, favoring integrated crown-guards, twisted lugs and shorter, wider pushers. With space exploration in mind, this new case construction further-strengthened the chronograph’s reliability and user-friendliness in extreme conditions. As the 105.003 had already been harshly tested and certified by the NASA, the 105.012 was naturally immediately selected to officially accompany the Astronauts in the Apollo missions.
Over the course of its production, the reference was progressively launched in the 105.012-63, -64, -65 and 66 executions. The 105.012-65 is identical to the 105.012-64 and is the last Speedmaster to bear a double-beveled caseback.
Edwin Eugene Aldrin, commonly referred to as Buzz Aldrin, is a world-famous American astronaut born on January 20, 1930. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer and a fighter pilot amidst the Korean War, Aldrin was then subsequently selected to be part of the NASA Astronaut Group 3 after obtaining a PhD in Astronautics. The astronaut’s first space mission occurred during the 1966 Gemini 12 mission alongside Jim A. Lovell with the help of backup and support crews. Both astronauts successfully completed the Gemini Program when Buzz Aldrin performed a series of 3 Extra-vehicular Activities (EVA), walking in space for a cumulative 5 hours and 30 minutes. Three years later, Aldrin went to space again, this time with Neil Armstrong during the Apollo XI mission, resulting in both men walking on the Moon on July 21, 1969. Buzz Aldrin was the second man to ever walk on the Moon.
The present watch is accompanied by an Omega presentation box autographed by Buzz Aldrin.