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This is a rare opportunity to purchase a complete box and papers Omega Speedmaster Professional with tritium hands and hour markers.
The watch has been sold at Juwelier Schick, (who actually still exists), In Sinsheim, Germany on June 28 1982. The serial number of the movement is 322083**. The specific serial number of this watch has been used in Omega Speedmaster references 145.022-69 until 145.022-74. This movement number is also stated on the papers. Actually this is quite strange since these movements were already sold in until 1976. But as you can read in the assesment guide of Robert Jan Boer’s Fratellowatches “luckily, and we hope it stays this way, collecting vintage Speedmaster watches is not as big as a snake pit as collecting vintage Rolex. Where bs stories and fake watch parts are spoiling quite a bit of the fun, to be honest. Of course, you will see the occasional put-together Speedmaster, but we’ve also noticed that official dealers or watchmakers have exchanged some parts during the years as a part of a repair or service. Although this does influence the value a bit of a vintage Speedmaster, we also have to say that it isn’t always clear what has been replaced and what’s original. Simply because it isn’t that black or white. The Omega Speedmaster Pro ‘Transitional’ is a good example of that, where old and new parts were mixed during a period where two models co-existed.”
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 and extra half strap with the original Omega buckle. All as stated as how it left the shop in June 28 of 1982.
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% oxigen 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 has just undergone a full service by our watchmaker. Please note we have cleaned the bracelet after our photo shoot!
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.