Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Box
Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Box

SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER, PROFESSIONAL, RETAILED BY MEISTER, MOVEMENT NO. 30'592'445, CASE REF. 145022- 69 ST, MANUFACTURED IN 1970

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Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Box
Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Professional, Retailed by Meister, Movement No. 30'592'445, Case Ref. 145022- 69 ST, Manufactured in 1970
Cal. 861 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, metal dust cap, black dial, luminous baton numerals, outer fifths of a second divisions, luminous baton hands, three sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, crystal etched with OMEGA symbol, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated to a maximum of 500 units, fluted lugs, screw back with engraved seahorse logo, SPEEDMASTER and O inscription, OMEGA crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel OMEGA bracelet stamped 1171/633, deployant clasp, overall approximate length 7 inches, case, dial and movement signed

42mm diam.
Provenance
The Property of a Swiss Collector

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Lot Essay

Accompanied by an OMEGA Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with black "Meister" dial on 9 September 1970 and its subsequent delivery to Switzerland. Further accompanied by an OMEGA presentation box.

The present watch is extremely rare as it has two notable particularities. Firstly, this watch is retailed by the Swiss retailer Meister. Custom made for Meister jewelers, a company established in 1881, it is thought that all of the watches this retailer sold during the 1970s had their signature on the dial. The signature can be seen below the word Professional and sets apart this OMEGA Speedmaster from others as of the added designation. Secondly, when looking closely one can see that the scale on the tachymeter is incorrect for this reference. In fact, a small number of first generation bezels produced in the fall of 1970 have a marking error. The graduation in scale should read 225, 200, 190, instead these bezels were marked 225, 220, and 190, with 220 appearing instead of 200. Remarkably this error was completely unintended but the incorrect bezels have become incredibly sought after due to their limited number.

An example of the Speedmaster reference 145002 is illustrated and described in OMEGA, A Journey Through Time by
Marco Richon, 2007, p. 604.

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