OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'PRE-MOON', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1970
Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'PRE-MOON'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1970
Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 30'996'767
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 13, stamped 1039 and 3.69, endlinks stamped 516
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on November 19, 1970 and subsequent delivery to Japan.
The case is in very good overall condition with light scratching visible throughout, and in our view, has likely never been polished. The lyra lugs retain their sharp beveled edges. The bezel has some light surface scuffing and very minor loss to the black paint. The caseback has some minor scratching, and still retains the Speedmaster 'Seahorse' logo.
The dial is in very good overall condition, and the luminous hour markers have aged to an attractive shade of beige. There is some minor loss to the luminous hour markers from age.
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.
Reference 145.022-69 was launched in 1969 and remained in production through 1971. The reference 145.022, successor to the references 105.003 and 105.012, introduced the modern layout of the dial with a painted logo and shorter hour markers. For further information regarding this model please refer to lot 26.
The present example is in very good overall condition, and still retains the Speedmaster Seahorse,or hippocampus, logo on the caseback, as well as its original 'dot next to seventy' bezel.