OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'APOLLO XI', A YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
Estimate: 35,000 - 50,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'APOLLO XI'
A YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1969
Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 28'420'772
Case: 18k yellow gold
Case number: 432
Closure: 18k yellow gold Omega bracelet with folding clasp
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Omega presentation box, certificate, and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on December 10, 1969 and subsequent delivery to Germany.
The case is in very good overall condition, with light surfaces scratches visible and strongly defined lyra lugs. The top peaks of the lug are lightly worn, the sides of the lugs with oxidation; there is no sign of polish. Case band with some small surface scratches and a small nick to the side of the lower left lug. Small nicks and surface scratches on the top of the top left and right lugs. The bezel has a flat dent on the edge at Tachymetre, the insert with light loss there and at 75. Case back with light surface scratches. Bracelet clasp with light surface scratches, bottom end link with some surface scratches. Scratches to the bottom of the lugs from bracelet/strap changes. The bracelet is in very good overall condition, with some wear and scratching visible, consistent with the age of the timepiece. Caseback further engraved 'OMEGA SPEEDMASTER APOLLO XI 1969, THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON'.
The dial is in very good overall condition, and in our view, shows no signs of prior restoration.
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 special edition reference 145.022-69 'Apollo XI 1969' was produced in a series limited to 1014 pieces, created to commemorate the successful moon landing. A selection of the 1014 pieces were given to personalities. Number 1 was presented to President Richard Nixon and number 2 was gifted to Vice President Spiro Agnew. Thirty-four pieces were given to astronauts, including Walter Schirra (no. 9), Ed White (no. 10), Neil Armstrong (no. 17) and Buzz Aldrin (no, 21). Furthermore, numbers 29 and 32 were presented to Swiss politicians as well as the managers of Omega and Lemania. The remaining pieces were sold to the public.
The iconic caliber 861 is encased in yellow gold features a maroon colored tachometer scale, which pairs nicely with the gold dial. The present example on a gold Omega bracelet has been well preserved, with the case further stamped '432'. Additionally, this watch is accompanied by its presentation box, certificate and an Extract from the Archives confirming its date of production on December 10, 1969 and subsequent delivery to Germany.