OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'APOLLO XI 1969', A YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'APOLLO XI 1969'
A YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
Dial: gold, 'oval O'
Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 28'420'767
Case: 18k yellow gold
Case number: 669
Closure: 18k yellow gold Omega bracelet with folding clasp, stamped 1116/575, clasp further engraved 'CAPT. G.B. HIGGS ATR508183'
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by a commemorative coin and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on December 19, 1969 and subsequent delivery to Singapore.
The case is in very good overall condition, with light surfaces scratches visible and strongly defined lyra lugs. The bezel has some scratching and dents visible most notably from 300-100, and at 85. The bracelet is in very good overall condition, with some wear and scratching visible, consistent with the age of the timepiece. The folding buckle is further engraved 'CAPT. G.B. HIGGS ATR508183', and has some scratching. The underside of the endlink at the 6 o'clock position is slightly dented. Caseback further engraved 'OMEGA SPEEDMASTER APOLLO XI 1969, THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON'.
The dial is in very good overall condition, with a light minor scratch visible spanning from 11 to 2 o'clock. There is some partial loss to the black outer minute track spanning from 3-4 and 10-11 o'clock positions, as well as the 'OM SWISS MADE OM' signature at the 6 o'clock position.
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.
This commemorative 145.022-69 from 1969 encased in yellow gold features a maroon colored tachometer scale. This luxurious version of the Speedmaster is fitted with a solid gold dial as indicated at 6 o'clock with 'OM,' standing for 'or massif,' 'pure gold' in French. For another example, please refer to Lot 13.
The present example on a gold Omega bracelet is in very good overall condition, with its buckle engraved 'CAPT. G.B. HIGGS ATR508183' and case further stamped '669'. Additionally, this watch is accompanied by a commemorative coin from when it was originally sold.