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Rare Omega Speedmaster Professional Soyuz-Apollo Limited Edition

Extremely rare version of legendary Omega Speedmaster Professional made in a series of 400 pcs for Italian market in 1972 commemorating docking of US ship Apollo with Soviet ship Soyuz in space. This rare bird comes with special "Oyster" type bracelet and endlinks and bears special commemorative engraving on the caseback.

Manufacturer: Omega, Switzerland
Model: Speedmaster
Reference: 145.022
Type: Manual-winding chronograph
Year of production: ca.1972 
Case type: 3-body, with screw-back, mixed satin and mirror finishing. Replaced (later version) 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: Special commemorative engraving along with country code for Italy and limited edition serial number.
Crown/pushers: Original steel fluted crown signed with Omega logo. Original "big" 5.5 mm pushers.
Crystal: Original hesalite crystal, polished in the past, showing certain wear and scratches.
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: n/a
Dial: Black flat dial decorated with white printed seconds/minutes track on the outer perimeter, 'short' tritium hour markers. Signed "Omega" along with Soyuz-Apollog emblem 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), Most likely unpolished, showing minor signs of use, minor scratches. .
Movement condition: 1 (mint) only original parts, adjusted and keeps good time. All functions work properly. Service history is unknown.
Dial/hands condition: 2 (fine) Original dial in good condition with light aging of tritium hour markers. Agind and discoloration of hands.  
Overall condition: 1 (mint)
Delivery set: The watch comes with original Omega bracelet, box, and a set of commemorative accessories.
Warranty: 1-year technical warranty

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It is always crucial to understand the size of the watch, especially when it comes to vintage watches which are generally considered as too small in comparison with what watch industry offers today. For example, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava introduced in the 1930s was only 31 mm in diameter, while today's classic Calatrava is 39 mm. When you think about 8 mm, it doesn't seem to be a big difference, but believe it is.

In our condition reports we normally disclose three most important parameters as follows: diameter without crown / lug-to-lug length / lug width. 

Diameter without crown

It is, so far, the most important measurement to understand the size of a regular round-shaped watch.It helps you to understand proportions and overall look of the watch. It is important to consider width of the bezel and color of the dial, because certain combinations may make the watch look bigger, while some other smaller. It is all very individual, however there is common understanding:

Lug-to-lug width

This parameter will help you to understand whether the watch is comfortable for wearing. You should compare lug-to-lug width with the width of your wrist, and if lug-to-lug width is smaller or equal, then this watch shall be comfortable.

Lug width

This measurement is defining what size of strap you need for the particular watch. Depending on era and manufacturer you can find watches with lug width between 14 mm and 24 mm. Most common sizes are 18 mm and 20 mm.