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Omega

'ORIGINAL MOONWATCH' SPEEDMASTER REFERENCE 105'012-66 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

Omega

Omega

'ORIGINAL MOONWATCH' SPEEDMASTER REFERENCE 105'012-66 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966

'ORIGINAL MOONWATCH' SPEEDMASTER REFERENCE 105'012-66 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

Lot sold:

6,300

GBP

Omega

'ORIGINAL MOONWATCH' SPEEDMASTER REFERENCE 105'012-66

STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1966 


Dial: black

Caliber: cal. 321 manual winding movement, 17 jewels, dust cover

Movement number: 24950123

Case: stainless steel, screw down case back

Case Number: 105-012-66

Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with folding clasp

Dimensions: 40 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approx. 160mm.

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: two spare links

Dial: the white hands look as though they have had some small areas of restoration to the paint. The lume batons have discoloured with age and there are some very tiny losses to that paint. 

Case: with general knocks and scratches but the curved lugs still retain their elegant lines. Bezel has faded to pale grey.

Movement: running at the time of cataloguing. Chronograph functions but untested for timekeeping.


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.


Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.


**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 model 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 the correct 'dot over ninety' bezel. The case back engraving logically does not refer to the moon landing.
With a creative and technical mind-set, the 105.012 introduced a new Huguenin Frères (HF) case with integrated crown guards, featuring the famed case maker’s signature twisted lugs and short wide chronograph pushers. Over the course of its production, the reference was progressively launched in the 105.012-63, -64, -65 and 66 evolutions. The 105.012-66 introduced the most changes out of all the sub-references, such as a new single bevelled case back and a new case maker alongside HF, namely La Centrale Boîtes (CB). It is estimated that two thirds of the 105.012-66 cases were manufactured by La Centrale Boîtes, making this Hugenin Frères example even more attractive.