OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'TROPICAL', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1970
Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022-69 'TROPICAL'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1970
Dial: black 'tropical'
Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 29'609'014
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, stamped 32 and 1171/1, endlinks stamped 633
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 210 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Omega presentation box and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on June 12, 1970 and subsequent delivery to Italy.
The case is in very good overall condition, with some light surface scratches visible, and some small nicks on the lugs from wear. The case, in our view, has likely been polished. The lyre lugs retain strong proportions and well defined beveled edges. The bezel has some missing black lacquer material near the 4, 6, 8 and 9 o'clock positions. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving. The bracelet has likely been lightly polished, and displays some minor stretch and surface scratches throughout.
The dial is in good overall condition. The hour markers appear to have been relumed earlier in the watch's life, and have some dirt at 3, 5-8, and 10-11 o'clock. The printing on the dial remains crisp and intact.
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 present reference 145.022-69 features a stepped dial, that has aged gracefully. Today, in the collector community, these so-called 'aged' dials are referred to as 'tropical'. Some dials that were made throughout the 1950s and 1960s were outsourced to the sub-contractor Singer - known for producing dials for a number of Switzerland's most prestigious brands. These dials usually become more discolored over time, and are highly sought after today.