Omega Speedmaster 145.0022Omega Speedmaster 145.0022

Omega Speedmaster Ref. 145.0022

We would like to introduce you to this Omega Speedmaster from 1989 with beautiful pumkin coloured indexes…

Omega came out with the Speedmaster in 1957, and it has been constantly updating and upgrading the watch ever since. Here we have ref. 145.0022. This reference was the successor of the iconic ref. 145.022, which debuted circa 1968. The 145.0022 was in production from 1981 to 1989.

Omega began changing how they assigned reference numbers with this reference. For the 145.0022, they used the watch’s physical appearance to determine the number, rather than what was stamped inside the caseback. In fact, the inside of the casebacks were still stamped 145.022. This is a somewhat similar approach to Rolex, who would sometimes use casebacks from previous references for newer models. After 1989, Omega completely changed the way they determine reference numbers, starting to use the PIC (Product Identity Code) system that is still in use today.

This example has the recognizable 42mm case with twisted “lyre” lugs and is powered by manually wound caliber 861. It retains the great Speedmaster Professional look that has been around since 1967. These Speedmasters from the 1980s offer great value.

If you are interested, we cordially invite you to see this beautiful watch on your wrist.
You will be amazed …

€ 6.250

Availability: In stock

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Details
Brand Omega Speedmaster
Movement Hand-wound
Model Speedmaster
Diameter 42 mm
Reference 145.0022
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1989
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Black
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.

Shipping

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We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

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 Speedmaster

Model

Reference

145.0022

Year of production (circa)

1989

Material

Steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Black

Movement

Hand-wound

Diameter

42 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only