OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER REF ST 105.012-66 'ORIGINAL MOONWATCH', A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1967
Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER REF ST 105.012-66 'ORIGINAL MOONWATCH'
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CIRCA 1967
Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels
Movement number: 24’954’998
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp, stamped 1039, endlinks stamped 516
Dimensions: 42 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 170 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production on August 18, 1967 and delivered to the United States
The case is in very good overall condition, with some minor scratches visible throughout. The case, in our view, has likely seen a very light polishing in its past. 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 have aged to an attractive shade of beige.
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 ST 105.012 (NASA reference 6126) was chosen for the Apollo missions without the need for tests. The watch was worn by Neil Amstrong during his Apollo 11 mission and is known today as the 'original Moonwatch.'
The first of the Professional models, the present watch features a 'dot over ninety' bezel - a rare variant of the tachometer bezel which ceased production in 1969. The case back markers with no reference to the moon landing represents this is one of the earlier models of the year.