Omega Speedmaster 145.022-68 Transitional

very rare configuration - iconic moonwatch

Probably the best-known appearance of an Omega watch in the 20th century was the Speedmaster on the arm of Neil Armstrong during the first moon landing on July 21, 1969. The legendary Moonwatch was born. The Speedmaster accompanied almost all NASA space missions.

The present Omega Speedmaster 145.022-68 is referred to as "Transitional" among the collectors. It is the rare transitional version between the reference 145.012 and 145.022-69. It has the newly developed movement caliber 861 and the old dial of the reference 145.012. This version was produced between late 1968 and early 1969.

For a Speedmaster to be called "Transitional" it must have certain features. The present watch have them all:
- the dial is similar to the reference 145.012. The most important feature is the applied Omega metal logo at 12 o'clock and the long hour markers. The later reference 145.022-69 has a painted logo.
- Movement with the newly developed caliber 861 and a low serial number (26-27 million). The predecessor version was powered by the caliber 321.
- Date stamp -68 inside the case back.
- Dot over 90 on the bezel and not below the 90 as it was the case with the older version.
- Chrono hand shows the spear shape.

Of course, besides the rare configuration, the overall condition of the watch is still the most important consideration when buying a vintage watch. This particular Speedmaster impresses with its sharp case and a beautifully preserved dial. The luminescent material is original everywhere and has a dark brown hue, which is the result of natural aging. In addition, the faded tachymeter bezel gives this watch a beautiful vintage character. Another typical element of the Speedmaster is the asymmetrical shape of the case, which is intended to better protect the winding crown and the chronograph pushers. The crown is signed with the Omega logo.

As already mentioned, the movement of this watch is the manual wound caliber 861, which was checked by our watchmaker. A precise time keeping and the perfect function of the chronograph are guaranteed.

Another highlight of this wristwatch is the original Omega stainless steel bracelet, which, like the watch, is superbly preserved, especially considering that the watch is 50 years old. The clasp is stamped 1/69 (first quarter of 1969).

That very rare version of the legendary Moonwatch is a first class collector's item and is waiting for its new proud owner.

Movement number: (Ende 1968, Anfang 1969)

Int.Exe.: 10265

Manufacturer: Omega

Model: Speedmaster

Reference: 145.022-68

Functions: date - chronograph - small second - tachymeter - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: stainless steel

Type of clasp: deployant buckle

Diameter: 42mm

Caliber name: Omega 861

Movement type: manual wind movement

Year of Manufacture: 1968

Overall condition: 8 - worn regularly - unpolished or light polished


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