1969 Omega Speedmaster 145.022 Pulsations Bezel

Legendary chronograph qualified by NASA for their space missions, bearing famous caliber 861 - the improved successor of Cal.321, another legendary movement made by Omega. The design of this truly iconic chronograph basically remained unchanged from 1964 when the first reference 105.012 with "screwed-lugs" case was introduced until today. Probably the most recognized 3-reg chronograph desired by every collector and every man! This particular example boasts with probably unpolished case in outstanding condition, showing almost no signs of wear and use, rare and collectible "doctor's" bezel with pulsation scale (an original one with a line, not a modern service part missing this important detail!), and stunning dial with tritium markers in warm yellowish tone. 

Manufacturer: Omega, Switzerland
Model: Speedmaster
Reference: 145.022
Type: Manual-winding chronograph
Year of production: ca.1969 
Case type: 3-body, with screw-back, mixed satin and mirror finishing. Correct tachymeter bezel in mint condition. 
Case material: Stainless steel
Case measurement: 42 mm (without crown) / 53 mm (lug-to-lug) / 20 mm (between lugs)
Case serial number: n/a
Case back: Screw-back, flat "pre-moon" design". Signed "Omega Watch Co" and "Fab.Suisse Swiss Made Acier Inxoydable" on the inner side along with reference number and casemaker's hallmark - "HF" staying for "Huguenin Freres". Signed "Speedmaster" and bearing Hippocampus on the outer side.
Crown/pushers: Original steel fluted crown signed with Omega logo. Original pushers.
Crystal: Original hesalite crystal signed with Omega logo in outstanding like-new condition.
Movement type: Precise manual-winding, NASA-certified 3-reg chronograph
Movement model: Famous Cal.861 based on Lemania 27 CHRO12 signed ‘Omega’ and ‘Swiss Made’. Gold-plated, 17 Jewels, 21600 A/h, 40 hours of power reserve.
Movement serial number: 30582894
Dial: Black stepped dial decorated with white printed seconds/minutes track on the outer perimeter, "short" tritium hour markers. Signed "Omega Speedmaster Professional" at 12 o'clock, printed white Omega logo at 12 o'clock. Signed "T Swiss Made T" at 6 o'clock. Minutes counter's subsidiary dial at 3 o'clock, hours counter's subsidiary dial at 6 o'clock and small seconds subsidiary dial at 9 o'clock.
Hands: White luminous (tritium) hour and minute hands, "flat" chrono sweep seconds hand. White counters' hands.
Case condition: 1 (mint), probably unpolished, maintaining sharp edges, factory finishing and showing practically no traces of use.
Movement condition: 1 (mint) only original parts, adjusted and keeps good time. All functions work properly. Presumably, the last known service was performed at least 6 years ago and then the watch was never worn.
Dial/hands condition: 1 (fine) Original dial in outstanding condition with yellowish tritium. Slight aging of markers at 5, 6, and 7 o'clock. Original hands in mint condition, minutes hand shows certain aging of tritium. 
Overall condition: 1 (mint)
Delivery set: The watch comes with a hand-made Italian leather strap, generic buckle and suede watch holder. It also comes with our company’s warranty certificate and general terms and conditions.
Warranty: 1-year technical warranty

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Category: Omega

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