Omega. A Very Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Limited Series Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Image Gallery box
Omega. A Very Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Limited Series Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Image Gallery box

SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER, PROFESSIONAL, NO. 971, MOVEMENT NO. 29’117’680, CASE REF. 145022 69, MANUFACTURED IN 1970

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Omega. A Very Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Limited Series Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Image Gallery box
Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Professional, No. 971, Movement No. 29’117’680, Case Ref. 145022 69, Manufactured in 1970
Cal. 861 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, dust cap, gold dial, applied OMEGA symbol, 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, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, burgundy bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated for 500 units, fluted lugs, screw back with burgundy painted engraving OMEGA SPEEDMASTER - APOLLO XI 1969 – O THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON 971, OMEGA crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18k gold OMEGA bracelet stamped 1116/575, deployant clasp, overall approximate length 7 inches, case, dial and movement signed
42mm diam.
Provenance
From the Private Collection of Riccardo Bernard

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Lot Essay

Accompanied by an OMEGA Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with 18k solid yellow gold dial on 9 April 1970 and its subsequent delivery to Hong Kong. Further accompanied by an OMEGA image gallery box containing 20 original color pictures of the conquest of the Moon.

The OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 model in solid gold was created in the fall of 1969 to commemorate Apollo 11’s successful Moon landing. A total of 1,014 were produced especially for NASA astronauts, two for the President and Vice President, and the remaining were made available for the general public to acquire. The available examples were assigned an engraved dedication, OMEGA Speedmaster - Apollo XI 1969 - The First Watch Worn on the Moon, and numbered. The very small amount offered to the general public was available in two versions. The present watch is from the second version, with the engraving on the case back painted in a burgundy color, which complements its burgundy colored bezel. This watch also features the second version of the dial, showing a round ‘O’ in the OMEGA signature as opposed to the earlier version, which is more oval-shaped (for an example of the first version of this reference see lot 14). Preserved in very good original overall condition, the present watch is number 971 of this limited series.

An example of all three casebacks made in this series are illustrated described in OMEGA, A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, 2007, p. 605.

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