OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 145.012-67 SP 'DOT OVER NINETY', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1968
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 145.012-67 SP 'DOT OVER NINETY'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1968
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 26'072'267
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 13, stamped 1039 and dated 2.68, endlinks stamped 516
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 April 19, 1968 and subsequent delivery to Ecuador.
The case is in very good overall condition, with significant nicks noticeable at the lower left lug. The case has strong definition to the lyra lugs. The bezel and bezel insert have scratches from wear throughout. The bracelet has some surface scratching and wear with some stretch. The caseback still retains the original Omega Speedmaster Seahouse engraving.
The dial is in good condition, with minor loss to the luminous hour markers, most notably at the 1,4,5,8 and 9 o'clock positions. The luminous material has some dirt visible on the indexes. Hands with scratches on the center arbors, the luminous material to the minute hand is lacking. The arrow luminous tip with heavy patina and dirt.
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 reference 145.012 was the last model to be fitted with the legendary caliber 321, marking a turning point in the mechanical history of the beloved chronograph. The 145.012 was launched following the successful ref. 105.012 with a production within the 24.066.xxx to 26.554.xxx serial sequence between 1967 and 1969, with scarce later examples around the 27.320.xxx serial.
The new iteration is strongly inspired from the outgoing ref. 105.012-66 and carries on using some of its new features such as taller pushers, a single-beveled caseback and a spaced 'T SWISS MADE T 'dial.
The reference 145.012 was issued in the 145.012-67 and -68 iterations. The Huguenin-Frères case remains identical to its predecessors, displaying lyra lugs, tall pushers and integrated crown-guards.
The present Speedmaster ref. 145.012-67 displays an attractively preserved case, on which the bevels remain sharp and clearly defined. Its correct Dot Over Ninety (“DON”) bezel was produced between 1961 and 1970 as indicated by the dot at the bottom right corner of the 70 mark, which shifted to the side of the mark in subsequent bezel iterations. Furthermore, the trademark black Singer dial displays long hour markers crossing the minute track, the adequate signature font and the lightly spread T SWISS MADE T inscription at 6 o’clock.
As with the reference 145.012-68, the present ref. 145.012-68 bears the tangible confirmation that it should be equipped with taller pushers. The inner-caseback indeed mentions the SP initials, referring to ‘Special Pushers’, an ingenious way to increase the Speedmaster's water resistance.