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This is a rare opportunity to purchase a complete box and papers Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 STRAIGHT WRITING with step dial and box and papers.
The 145.022-69 STRAIGHT WRITING Omega Speedmaster differs from the pre-moon references in having a case-back which celebrates the success of being the first watch worn on the moon. The watch is named STRAIGHT WRITING by the collectors of Omega watches since the script is writing in straight capital fonts in contrast to the following post-moon Speedmasters, where the script is written in an arc around the central seahorse or Hippocampus medallion.
The 145.022-69 STRAIGHT WRITING was produced from 1971 until 1974. The movement numbers are from 31.009xxxx-32.857xxxx. The first watches were actually delivered in 1972. The reason for this was that NASA had to give permission for the use of their name on the case-back.
The watch has been sold at Star Watch & Jewellery Co. In Hong Kong on November 29 1975. The serial number of the movement is 3284408* This movement number is also stated on the papers.
The whole paperwork is really consistent, and so is the whole look of this watch. It’s just a really pretty Omega Speedmaster Professional! It comes with period correct box and papers. All as stated as how it left the shop in November 29 1975.
History about the Moonwatch
Now a bit on the history of the Moonwatch. Since its launch more than half a century ago, the OMEGA Speedmaster has been the classic chronograph, known for its robust reliability and timeless design. And since the 21st of July 1969, when it was first worn on the lunar surface, it has been popularly known as the Moonwatch. This watch was first chosen by astronauts themselves to measure time in space. Three years before the Speedmaster's official qualification for space flight, astronaut Walter “Wally ”Schirra and Lery Gordon “Gordo” Cooper privately purchased their very first chronographs, the second generation Speedmaster with the reference CK2298. Wally Shirra took his personal CK 2998 aboard Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7) on October 3, 1962 during the Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7) mission.
At the beginning of the Gemini program in 1964 and on astronauts once again asked the Flight Crew Operations Director, Deke Slayton to provide a watch during training and flight. In October 1964 James Ragan, a NASA engineer, sent out a Request of Quotations Letter to different watch manufacturers. Of the brands contacted, only four reacted. James Ragan purchased three of the four chronographs that met the requirements. After a lot of severe test (high/low temperatures, G-force tests up to 40G, highly corrosive 100% oxygen environment, 130 decibels etc.) from different kind of manual wound chronographs, the Omega Speedmaster had finally been chosen in 1965 to become the official NASA astronaut watch.
Gus Grissom and John Young wore the first officially qualified Speedmasters on Gemini 3 on March 23, 1965. Several months later, Ed White made the first American space walk during Gemini 4 with a Speedmaster 105.003 strapped to the outside of the left-side sleeve of his G4C space suit. n 1966, Speedmaster reference 105.012 was updated to reference 145.012. These two models would be the two Speedmaster references known to have been worn on the Moon by Apollo astronauts, the original "Moon watches." Speedmasters were used throughout the early manned Apollo program, and reached the Moon with Apollo 11. Ironically, these and prior models are informally known as "pre-Moon" Speedmasters, since their manufacture predate the Moon landings and lack the inscription subsequent models carry: "The First Watch Worn on the Moon".
Although Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong was first to set foot on the Moon, he left his 105.012 Speedmaster inside the Lunar Module as a backup, because the LM's electronic timer had malfunctioned. Buzz Aldrin elected to wear his and so his Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the Moon.
This particular Omega Speedmaster Professional STRAIGHT WRITING has just undergone a full service. This work was carried out by our watchmaker using original parts. They also place a new original Omega plexi-glass with the Omega symbol in the center.
Please note: the bracelet and case are cleaned. Some of the first pics show some dirt on case and bracelet, that is removed.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month WRIST ICONS warranty that will be invoked from the day of purchase.
Model: Speedmaster Professional
Year: Circa 1982
Movement No: 322083** signed Omega
Case: stainless steel circular water-resistant-type case with original crown
Dimensions: 41mm diameter;
Dial: Clean dial with tritium markers that have aged a minty colour (this is a known trait of this reference), the hands have aged a lighter yellow tone, neither show signs of moisture damage. The white paint is un-chipped and crisp, not touched up. I cannot see any marks of defects on the dial. The Hour and minute hands might be later replacement hands although consistent with model.
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless-steel bracelet with Omega signed deployant clasp
Lug Width: 20mm
Box/Papers: yes, Watch comes with insurance receipt, guarantee with holder, chronograph booklet, another omega booklet, old omega envelope, inner/outer box Numbers are correct and matching. 322083** seems to be the last batch for these straight writing casebacks.
Case: Twisted lug case is in excellent condition with some light marks/wear only - it is free from gauges and seemingly unpolished. The caseback is razor sharp, some light marks from a strap only, it is grained correctly and not refinished. No corrosion.
Crown, pushers and plexi are original, the pusher tubes would benefit from a clean up and the plexi is an original Omega replacement. The original Omega glass comes with the package.
Bezel: Super sharp DNN, no major marks, this bezel is correct for the serial range.
Movement: Winds, resets and ticks correctly. The watch movement has been serviced by our watchmaker and runs great.
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