SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 ST 'TROPICAL'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1974
Dial: black 'tropical'
Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 32'857'108
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel associate buckle
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on October 7, 1974 and subsequent delivery to Canada.
The case is in very good overall condition, and in our view, has never been polished. The lyre lugs retain sharp edges, and are well defined. Small surface scratches and light nicks overall, consistent with use and age. The bezel has faded slightly, and has some wear, but remains in overall very good condition. The Omega Seahorse logo is present on the caseback. The caseback with crude engraved SKY initials.
The dial is in very good condition, and has aged to an attractive shade of mocha. The luminous material of the hour markers are all intact, with some dirt present at the 3 o'clock position.
The chronograph function is operating properly. 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.
Over the course of the Speedmaster's history, small modifications have been made over its sixty year production run, while still staying true to its original design. Reference 145.022 was the first model to incorporate integrated crown guards, a tachometer scale bezel and ‘lyre’ shaped lugs. The present example has been well preserved since its inception, and features a wonderful dial that has aged to an attractive shade of mocha. This 'tropical' dial is always a treat for collectors to own, giving it a sense of individuality amongst its peers.
Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives, confirming that it was delivered to Canada in October of 1974, the present watch is an excellent addition to any collector of vintage chronographs.