SPEEDMASTER REF 145.012-67 SP 'ULTRAMAN'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1968
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 26'076'555
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 June 5, 1968 and subsequent delivery to Sweden.
Case in overall good condition. Signs of light polish to the tops and edges of the lugs, light surface scratches overall consistent with age and use. Bezel insert with some light scratches, fading overall to the surface, the bezel with very small nicks around the edge. Case back with some scratches overall, marks to the back of the lugs from strap changes.
Dial in very good condition, light fading overall. Small mark to the seconds subdial. Lume in good condition with patina consistent with age. Hands with very light surface marks, minute hand with darkening of lume towards the center arbor. Chronograph hand with a small scratch towards the center arbor.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, 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.
***Please be advised that the bands on this watch are made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) and thus not sold with the watch, they are for display purposes only. We will remove these bands prior to international shipping.***
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 145.012-67, dubbed the ‘Ultraman’ due to its appearance in the Japanese television series in 1966/67 and 1971/72, is nearly identical to other contemporary references, containing a caliber 321 movement and asymmetric case. The chronograph hand, however, is a distinct orange color.
Despite the watch’s connection to the Ultraman series, these orange hand examples were sold worldwide, and were the last Speedmaster reference to feature the ‘SP’ designation for the enhanced water resistance to the pushers, as well as the final reference to contain the 321 movement.