OMEGA | SPEEDMASTER "SOFT GRAY DIAL" ED WHITE, REFERENCE 105.003-65 A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1967" | 奧米茄 | Speedmaster ""Soft Gray Dial"" 型號105.003-65 精鋼計時鏈帶腕錶，機芯編號24537868，1967年製"
PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
SPEEDMASTER "SOFT GRAY DIAL" ED WHITE, REFERENCE 105.003-65
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE IN 1967
Speedmaster "Soft Gray Dial" 型號105.003-65
Caliber: cal. 321 mechanical, 17 jewels
Movement number: 24'537'868
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp
Size: 38 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 210 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch in 1967
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The chronograph function is working properly. The dial has aged to a soft grey colour. There are losses throughout, which can be seen at the various steps on the dial, in between the centre part and the minute track and the subsidiary registers. There is a indentation in the dial between 9 and 10 o'clock. The hands have been relumed. The case is in very good overall condition, has likely seen a very light polishing in the past servicing. The case back retains the original Omega Speedmaster logo with the Seahorse engraving. The bracelet has some light surface scratching throughout.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"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."
Superseding the reference 105.002, the Speedmaster 105.003 was produced from 1964 to 1969. This model is an extremely important wristwatch to the history of Omega as it was officially announced as Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions on March 1, 1965, after surviving a series of merciless tests carried out by NASA. Omega thereafter became the selected supplier of timepieces for the Gemini and Apollo space missions, shifting from the initial racetrack-orientation to a new heroic destiny that would lead the Speedmaster to the moon landing in 1969.
The reference 105.003 was released three months after the launch of the Professional reference 105.012 and produced in three nearly identical iterations over the course of five years: the -63, -64 and -65. The most famous version, 105.003-65 was officially worn by astronaut Edward White as he became the first astronaut to ever walk in space, during the 1965 Gemini IV mission. The watch has since then received the nickname Ed White to celebrate this historical moment.
In addition to the importance of this reference in the history of the Speedmaster, this particular example is fitted with an original and extremely rare soft gray dial. While the majority of dials in this color are today in poor condition, the present examples has survived beautifully.