OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF 376.0822 'HOLY GRAIL', A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1988
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF 376.0822 'HOLY GRAIL'
A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1988
Caliber: cal. 1045 automatic movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 48'233'334
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, no. 32, stamped 1450, endlinks stamped 808
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 190 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by Omega presentation box, Speedmaster Mark V Cal. 1045 booklet, and an Extract from the Archives confirming date of production on September 8, 1988 and delivery to Singapore.
The case is in very good overall condition, with very minor surface scratching visible. Case band with some light surface scratches, the back of the lugs with marks from strap removal. The bracelet is in similar condition, with light surface scratches to the clasp indicative of seldom wear.
The dial is in excellent overall condition with no signs of prior restoration. The luminous material is present and intact and with a light creamy patina.
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.
The reference 376.0822 contains the caliber 1045 automatic movement, developed by Lemania under the caliber number 5100, which was used on several ‘Mark’ versions of the Speedmaster. Playfully nicknamed 'Holy Grail' by Chuck Maddox - a well known collector, who searched tirelessly for this watch. Maddox was fixated on finding this piece, that he compared his quest to find this reference 376.0822 to King Arthur's search for the holy grail.
This version of the Speedmaster was set apart from others with the same caliber in that it was in the traditional Speedmaster asymmetric case with minor modifications. It featured day, date and a 24-hour register, along with a central chronograph and minute counter. The exterior of the dial along the edge also has a unique glass ring with 1/5 second divisions, and the present lot bears the earlier tachometer bezel of the two which were applied to this reference. It is believe that during the two year production of the watch only 2,000 examples were produced.