OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER ST 186.004 'ALASKA IV PROTOTYPE NO. 1/12', A LIMITED EDITION STAINLESS STEEL QUARTZ DIGITAL SPLIT CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1978
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
SPEEDMASTER ST 186.004 'ALASKA IV PROTOTYPE NO. 1/12'
A LIMITED EDITION STAINLESS STEEL QUARTZ DIGITAL SPLIT CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE IN 1978
Dial: black digital
Caliber: quartz movement
Case: stainless steel
Closure: stainless steel associate buckle
Dimensions: 36 mm diameter
Signed: case and dial
Accessories: Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming date of manufacture on April 3, 1978 and subsequent delivery to NASA.
The case is in good overall condition, with very light surface scratches visible.
The digital dial is in excellent overall condition.
The battery has been recently replaced and is presently functioning. It will require periodic replacement in the future. 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.
In 1979, NASA astronauts received a special batch of the reference 186.004, a prototype version of the 186.0004. These digital Speedmasters were for the Omega Alaska project, the company’s testing ground for watches. These prototypes differ from production versions in several aspects: a thicker case to fit a tritium tube lighting system for the dial, the word ‘Light’ on the dial is absent, and identical numbering of 1621 to the inside case back.
Of these prototypes, 12 are recognised as being sent to NASA with individually hand engraved to the back with numbers. The present lot is number 1 of this issue, and provides an exciting opportunity to obtain an important example of a watch which bridges horological technology with advances in space travel.