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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2718

    OMEGA. A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE LIMITED EDITION ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION OF 23 CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCHES WITH BRACELETS AND A PLASTIC ENCASED DISPLAY CALIBRE ALL WITHIN A WHITE SPACE SUIT CLOTH-COVERED SUITCASE

    SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL, MISSIONS, NO., 1998

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    OMEGA. A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE LIMITED EDITION ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION OF 23 CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCHES WITH BRACELETS AND A PLASTIC ENCASED DISPLAY CALIBRE ALL WITHIN A WHITE SPACE SUIT CLOTH-COVERED SUITCASE
    SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL, MISSIONS, NO., 1998

    Each with Cal. 1861 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, mono-metallic balance, the charcoal matte dial with luminous baton numerals, luminous hands, three engine-turned subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds with painted mission emblem, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with black bezel calibrated for tachymetre scale, two round chronograph buttons in the band, screw back with Flight-Qualified By NASA For All, Manned Space Missions, The First Watch Worn On The Moon, name of the mission and inscribed 1/40, together with a stainless steel Omega bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. diam.
    (23)


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    US$70,000-100,000
    EUR52,000-73,000

    Accompanied by an Omega Missions white space suit cloth-covered suitcase, a plastic encased diplay movement, Certificate, International Warranty, booklet on the 22 highlighted missions, loupe and manual.

    In 1998 Omega created the Speedmaster Missions Collection as a tribute to the legendary "Speedmaster Professional", which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1997.

    The present collection represents number 1 in a limited edition of 40 sets produced for commercial sale including all 22 of the "Missions" wristwatches and a replica of the original 1957 Speedmaster with black matte dial. In total, Omega manufactured 50 of these sets, including 10 for non-commercial use with 5 sets for "Out-of-Business" and 5 "Artist's Proof" examples.

    By 1978 the "Speedmaster" had become part of the standard equipment for astronauts and cosmonauts during their time in space. This model was worn at important missions such as the Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon as well as its instrumental use in the timing of reentry for the almost disastrous Apollo 13 flight.

    The present collection features emblems of famed space missions from 1965 to 1973. The "Speedmaster" wristwatch remains to this day an important timekeeper for NASA and was also tested aboard the Russian space station MIR during the early 1990s.