SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 ST '220 BEZEL'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1970
Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 30'994'944
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega buckle
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Omega presentation box, an original Omega hangtag, and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on December 21, 1970 and subsequent delivery to Sweden.
Case in overall very good condition, edges to the lugs remain very crisp. Watch case is 'shop worn' with light surface marks from handling. Case back with light surface scratches and some marks to the back of the lugs from strap changes. Bezel insert with a couple very small silver marks to the black.
Dial in excellent condition. Even creamy patina to the lume overall and on hands.
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.
There are several references which have become archetypes of the Omega Speedmaster, one being the 145.022, a reference which featured the lyre lugs and asymmetric case. In one watch, you can see very little changes from the late 1960s through today’s production. That said, variations can happen, and within collecting, one aspect that has taken hold has been the acquisition of pieces with small manufacturing defects, whether it is a certain dial that has pigment changes, misused or mistyped fonts, or in the case of the present lot, a misprint to the bezel. Where the tachometer should read 200, a small batch of bezels were made in autumn of 1970 which read 220.
The present lot is being presented in excellent original condition, retaining a factory fresh tropic strap, Omega buckle and original hang tag.