|Model:||Golden Speedmaster Professional Apollo X1 1981|
|Material:||18 carat yellow gold|
|Dial Color:||champagne gold|
|Bracelet/Strap:||18 carat yellow gold|
|Box/Paper:||Handmade Leather Travel Pouch|
Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo X1 BA3450802
Now look at this STUNNING vintage golden Speedy! Grab your chance to get this Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI in yellow gold.
This model reference BA 345.0802 was introduced in 1980 to commemorate two occasions. First the Apollo XI moon landing mission of 1969 and second the flight requalification of 1978 by NASA for the Space ShuttleProgram. The yellow gold version was delivered from 1980 to at least 1987 (still in the 87 Omega catalogue) of which half being delivered to the German market. This watch is the first Speedmaster Professional with a sapphire crystal case-back showing the caliber 816L movement with 19 jewels instead of the 17 of the caliber 861 of that time. The movement has rhodium plating, about 15 years before it was introduced to the standard production movements (caliber 1861/1863). It is actually the only Speedmaster with a snap on case-back instead of a screw case-back. With only around 300 made, this gold Omega Speedmaster Professional BA 345.0802 watch is even more rare than the commemorative gold Speedmaster Professional from 1969 and a bargain if you compare it to this year’s re-edition. This watch was not a limited edition, but it was a time-limited production and the watches were numbered.
History of the Omega Speedmaster
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.
The watch has been used. The watch comes without box and papers. The watch has some nice patina on it. The gold shows some red oxidation. There are sratches, on the case and on the bracelet, but all is in orginal good condition. The bracelet has little to average wear for a golden bracelet; I would rate the bracelet 7.5 out of 10.
The 42mm diameter solid gold three-body case, gently curved lugs, and flat fixed bezel, are polished/brushed and it's water resistant to 10 meters/165 feet. The 14mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.
The case has a domed plexi glass crystal. There is a golden winding crown with polished Omega logo, round chronograph push buttons,
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo X1 BA345.0802 is the first Speedmaster with sapphire-crystal display back. Furthermore, it is the only Speedmaster Moonwatch with a snap-on instead of a screw case-back. It has an inscription stating: Apollo XI 1969 First Watch Worn On The Moon and No: 091
The gold bezel with black aluminum inlay calibrated for tachymetre scale. The flat black golden top ring bezel has a tachymeter graduation to 500 UPH.
Dial and hands
The champagne golden dial with applied slender black baton numerals, black "stick" hands, three sunk subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers and a printed Omega logo.
This golden Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo X1 Moonwatch with reference BA345.0802 has a mechanical manual winding Omega caliber Cal. 861 L. This movement has 19 jewels and is rhodium-plated. It's constructed with a shock absorber device, and a straight-line lever escapement. It includes a monometallic balance, a self-compensating flat balance spring, and an index regulator. The mechanism oscillates at a frequency of 21,600 vph (4 Hz). It has a 45-hour power reserve at full wind
Service history is unknown but watch keeps good time, but needs some adjustment as you can see in difference in beat error:
rate variation pos 1 -9,7s/d Amplitude 266A Beat error -0,1 ms
rate variation pos 2 -7,8s/d Amplitude 247A Beat error -3,2 ms
Serial number 455805XX with production estimate from www.ilovemyspeedmaster.com June 1981
Strap: 18 carat yellow gold Omega bracelet
Overall, the exceptional finishing of the Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo X1, both for its design and execution.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month warranty with ourselves that will be invoked from the day of purchase.
Viewings can be arranged at our office by appointment.
Model: Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo X1
Movement: The caliber 861L has 19 jewels (instead of 17 on the caliber 861s of the time). It is rhodium plated, about 15 years before it was adopted for the standard-production calibers 1861/1863.
Functions: hours, minutes, center seconds, chronograph
Case Diameter: 42 mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Case Material: 18 carat yellow gold
Bracelet: 18 carat yellow gold Omega bracelet