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1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022 DON Bezel

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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. Probably the most recognised 3-reg chronograph desired by every collector and every man. 

This particular piece is notable for an honest unrestored case, original dot-over-ninety bezel in great condition and amazing dial with intact tritium aged to warm yellow tone.

Perfectly keeping time / Very mint DON bezel / Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • Fine stainless steel 3-body with "flat" screw-down case back bearing "Hippocampus" and signed "Speedmaster"
  • Possibly lightly buffed in the past, showing normal wear and traces of use. Minor dents on the facets. Brushed finishing is polished away due to years of wearing.
  • 42 mm (without crown) / 53 mm (lug-to-lug) / 20 mm (between lugs) 
  • Original Dot-Over-Ninety bezel in excellent condition showing little to no ageing.
  • Original steel fluted crown signed with Omega logo. Original pushers.
  • Original hesalite crystal in very good condition (polished).

    Movement:

    • Manual-winding, NASA-certified chronograph 
    • Famous Cal.861 based on Lemania 27 CHRO12 & Cal.321
    • Gold-plated, 17 Jewels, 21600 A/h, 40 hours of power reserve
    • Serial number: 30586505
    • Servicing history is unknown, however, the movement shows strong and healthy performance on timegrapher: 270 deg. amplitude, +6 sec a day, 0 ms of beat error.

    Dial:

    • Original untouched stepped dial with "short" indexes in outstanding condition showing no defects or ageing.
    • Tritium indexes developed pleasant yellow-ish color. 
    • Signed "Omega Speedmaster" at 12 o'clock, printed Omega logo. Signed "T Swiss Made T" at 6 o'clock.
    • Original hour and minute hands in excellent condition. Minor ageing of tritium at minute hand. 

    Delivery set:

    • The watch genuine Omega 1171 bracelet (correct for Speedmaster, though starting from ca.1971) with genuine 633 endlinks (later execution). The bracelet will fit the wrist up to 19 cm. 
    • Handmade leather watch travel case
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

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    Diameter without crown

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    Lug-to-lug width

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