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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 158

    Omega. A rare 18K Gold limited edition Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet


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    Omega. A rare 18K Gold limited edition Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet
    Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Professional, Apollo XI 1969 - Tribute to Astronauts no.945, movement no. 29'117'634, case reference 145022 69, circa 1970
    MOVEMENT: manual, Caliber 861, 17 jewels, dust cap
    DIAL: gold dial, applied gold baton numerals with black inlay, outer fifths of a second divisions, black baton hands, three sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, crystal etched with OMEGA symbol
    CASE: tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, burgundy bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated to 500 units, fluted lugs, screw back with copper coloured inscription Omega Speedmaster - Apollo XI 1969 - the first watch worn on the moon, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 42.5 mm. diam.
    BRACELET/CLASP:18K gold Omega bracelet stamped 124TO with folding clasp, overall bracelet length approx. 175 mm
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Omega box, spare crystal and crown

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    This very attractive yellow gold Speedmaster is part of a limited edition made to commemorate the day Man first walked on the moon. Among that, the presently offered watch retains an exceptional and original condition that should certainly appeal to any well-established collector.

    As a commemorative gesture to a number of NASA astronauts following the immensely successful Apollo 11 mission, OMEGA produced a special limited edition wristwatch with a solid 18k gold dial, case, and bracelet. The watches were only produced in 1,014 examples, where 26, numbered 3 to 28, were offered at an astronaut banquet in Houston on November 25 1969.

    Watches with the number 1 and 2 were also made with personalized case backs, although these unique examples were made only for the President and Vice-President of the United States at the time, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. These watches now reside in the Omega Museum, located in Bienne, Switzerland. The remaining examples, such as the present watch, were produced and available for the general public with a different engraving on the caseback.

    An example of this model is illustrated in OMEGA, A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, 2007, p. 605.

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    Please note that the correct estimate for this piece is 15'000 - 25'000 CHF, not 10'000 - 15'000 CHF as incorrectly stated in the catalogue.

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