14 November 2016
SPEEDMASTER 145022-69 ST “STRAIGHT WRITING”
Omega. A Very Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet
Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Professional, Movement No. 31’615’538, Case Ref. 145022-69 ST, Manufactured in 1971
MOVEMENT: manual, Cal. 861 mechanical, 17 jewels, metal dust cap
DIAL: black, 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
CASE: tonneau-shaped, black bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated to a maximum of 500 units, fluted lugs, screw back with engraved OMEGA symbol and “The First Watch Worn on the Moon, Flight-Qualified by NASA for all Manned Space Missions”, OMEGA crown, two wide round chronograph buttons in the band, 42 mm. diam.
SIGNED: case, dial, movement
BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel OMEGA bracelet stamped 1116, deployant clasp, overall approximate length 200 mm.
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According to the Omega Archives, the present watch was completed on 8th June 1971 and delivered to the United States.
Around 1971 the reference 145022-69 ST was given a case back engraved with references to the moon landing. These first models of the post-moon landing Speedmaster are known by collectors as “straight writing” due to the central text being written in a straight line and to distinguish them from the following models with curved writing around a central medallion.
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