OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 105.012-66 'PROFESISIONAL', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1967
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 105.012-66 'PROFESISIONAL'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1967
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 24'951'146
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 13, stamped 1506, endlinks stamped 16
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on June 8, 1967 and subsequent delivery to the United States.
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 although they are softer. The bezel has some scratching visible throughout, most notably between 2-4 o'clock, 8-9 o'clock and 11-12 o'clock. The caseback still retains the Speedmaster 'Seahorse' logo. The bracelet has scratching and wear visible throughout, consistent with the age of the timepiece.
The dial is in good overall condition with some light wear. There is a scratch from 12-3 on the hour subdial. The luminous material on the hour markers and hands have aged with some dirt visible. There is loss to the lume visible on all of the hour markers. Hands have loss their white paint to the center, some loss of lume overall to the hands.
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 reference 105.012 represents a major turning point for the Omega Speedmaster in terms of design and philosophy. It succeeded the ref. ST 105.002 and was produced from 1964 until 1968, alongside the ultimate iteration of the straight-lug cased references, the 105.003.
Watch collectors appreciate that the reference 105.012 was the very first Speedmaster model to carry the Professional name on its dial, revealing to the world the Speedmaster of today. With a creative and technical mind-set, the 105.012 introduced a new Huguenin Frères (HF) case with integrated crown guards, featuring the famed case maker’s signature twisted lugs and short wide chronograph pushers. Over the course of its production, the reference was progressively launched in the 105.012-63, -64, -65 and 66 evolutions. The 105.012-66 introduced the most changes out of all the sub-references, such as a new single bevelled case back and a new case maker alongside HF, namely La Centrale Boîtes (CB). With serial numbers ranging from 24.533.xxx to 25.448.xx between 1967 and 1968, it is estimated that two thirds of the 105.012-66 cases were manufactured by La Centrale Boîtes, displaying a flatter design and smaller step to the surface of the lugs.
The present Speedmaster reference 105.012-66 was delivered in 1967 and is fitted with a second generation caliber 321. Its casemaker was unmistakably La Centrale Boite, as illustrated by the bevelled surface of the lugs and the CB hallmark on the inner-case back. Its correct step dial displays the applied Omega logo, long minute markers crossing the minute scale and spaced T Swiss T script at 6 o’clock. The Speedmaster reference 105.012-66 was the first to be fitted with a single-bevelled caseback. Lastly, this patinated example is offered with its original bracelet reference 1506 with 16 end links, carrying the later clasp design.