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Omega Speedmaster Ref. 145.0022 Papers

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In the realm of wristwatch collecting, few timepieces rival the Omega Speedmaster in importance and iconic status. While classics like the Rolex Daytona and the Heuer Carrera hold their place in history, the Speedmaster stands out for its unparalleled significance. Dating back to circa 1983, this particular Speedy, Reference 145.0022, is no ordinary timepiece.

Crafted from two-tone 14k yellow gold and stainless steel, this bicolor model exudes sophistication and style. Its 42mm twisted-lug case, adorned with a domed Hesalite crystal and a black aluminum tachymeter bezel insert, showcases timeless design elements. The brushed ‘champagne’ Tritium dial, with recessed silver sub registers and a matching black handset, adds a touch of elegance.

This Speedmaster is a bicolor model with a steel case, golden dial, and silver-gray subdials, fitted on a 1171 bracelet in steel and 14K gold. Contrary to what is sometimes written, this model was not made specifically for the Italian market. However, it holds a special significance there, as the few examples examined feature a dial with a wide and short S in Speedmaster (type C5. Short S), later used on the reference ST 145.0022 in the early 1990s. It can also be found with two types of bezel. This series appears to have been manufactured from 1983 to 1986.
Powered by Omega’s Calibre .861 hand-cranking movement, this Speedmaster delivers impeccable performance. Fitted with a correct matching two-tone bracelet featuring a signed blade clasp, it offers both comfort and style.

Owning a Speedmaster is a rite of passage for any collector. Beyond being one of the most significant chronographs of all time, it holds a place of prominence in horological history. This exceptional piece, sourced from the personal collection of our Founder, is a rare find in outstanding condition. Don’t miss the opportunity to add this remarkable timepiece to your collection.

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Details
Brand Omega
Movement Hand-wound
Model Speedmaster
Diameter 42 mm
Reference 145.0022
Bracelet/strap: Gold/steel
Year of production (circa) 1984
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Gold / steel
Set Content Original papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Champagne
Backstory

The Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957, as a racing chronograph. Little did Omega know that a different fate altogether awaited their creation.

When John F. Kennedy announced that the USA would put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s, NASA went into overdrive. The Gemini and Apollo missions would all culminate in “One small step for man…” in 1969.

One detail within that endeavor, is the selection of a proper watch for the space missions. NASA started putting a number of chronographs from different brands under extreme stress. Shock, temperature change, vibration, humidity, the watches were spared no horror. The Speedmaster came out on top in 1965 and was selected as the watch of choice. No slick marketing deals here. Chosen on merit alone.

Coincidentally, astronaut Wally Schirra already wore his personal Ref. CK2998 Speedmaster on a Mercury mission in 1962. In 1965, Ed White would go on the first ever spacewalk wearing a NASA-issued Ref. 105.003-65.

From 1965 onwards, all Apollo astronauts wore Speedmasters. Including Buzz Aldrin when he set foot on the moon, wearing his Ref. 105.012. Neil Armstrong had left his Speedy in the lunar module when setting those legendary first steps.

In 1970, Apollo 13 got into serious trouble after a service-module oxygen tank ruptured. With most systems down, the astronauts had to manually time 14-second rocket bursts in order to get back to earth. They used Jack Swigert’s Speedmaster for the job. Omega was awarded the Snoopy award in recognition of the crucial role of the watch in a safe return. A comic character featured on many special editions since.

Aesthetically, the Speedmaster Professional has not changed much since those days. A rough division can be made between pre-moon and post-moon Speedies. The transition point is the inclusion of the “Flight qualified by NASA” inscriptions on the case back, although some people erroneously mark 321 caliber Speedies as pre-moon and 861 caliber variants as post-moon.

For the keen-eyed, there are tons of subtle variations within the Speedmaster line. And that is before we look at the broader Speedy-scope, with all its special editions and interestingly-shaped Mark  models. You can really go deep on Speedy-specifics. Regardless of which precise variant you settle on, you will have an iconic watch with the single best backstory ever.

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Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Omega

Model

Reference

145.0022

Year of production (circa)

1984

Material

Gold / steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Champagne

Movement

Hand-wound

Diameter

42 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Gold/steel

Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Original papers