OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022 ST 71 'JB CHAMPION', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1971
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 145.022 ST 71 'JB CHAMPION'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1971
Caliber: cal. 861 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 32'204'936
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet signed JB Champion with folding clasp, stamped 10101, endlinks stamped 47
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on November 18, 1971 and subsequent delivery to the United States.
The case is in good overall condition, with some nicks visible most notably on the upper left lug and bottom right lug. The case, in our view, has been very lightly polished. The lyre lugs retain strong proportions and beveled edges. The caseback retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving. The bracelet has some minor stretch and surface scratching visible throughout.
The dial is in good overall condition. The hour markers and hands have been relumed, and displays signs of lume loss at the 12 o'clock position.
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 reference 145.022 was the first of the Speedmaster's to introduce the celebrated caliber 861.
The present example, reference 145.022-71, is an extremely sought after and rare piece within the collector community. Presented in overall very good condition from the original owner, this piece is further enhanced by its original JB Champion stainless steel bracelet.