The Speedmasters history goes back to 1957 when it was introduced as a sports and racing chronograph. However, it got picked up by NASA and soon would be known as the ‘first watch worn on the moon’. NASA devised the most demanding tests with the aim of equipping astronauts with the most durable timepieces. The NASA tests were conducted from 1964 until 1965 and featured extremely high and low temperature-, vacuum-, humidity-, corrosion-, shock-resistance-, acceleration-, low pressure-, high pressure-, vibration- and sound tests. Rolex, Breitling and Longines belonged to the brands that were tested. However, Omega passed all the examination and was officially certified by NASA. The whole crew of the Apollo 11 wore a Speedmaster. However, a common misconception is that Armstrong was the first to set a foot on the moon with the Speedmaster where in fact it was actually Buzz Aldrin. Neil Armstrong decided to leave his Speedmaster on board of the spacecraft. Ever since, the Speedmaster Professional is the most popular Omega. The brand sticks with its winning formula since the contemporary look makes it difficult to distinguish between modern and vintage pieces. It’s left to some subtle differences. In our opinion, that is truly timeless.
Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 ‘Unpolished, Pre-Moon, DoN Bezel’
It was a beautiful day in April when an elegant lady walked into our store. Sadly, she told us that her husband had passed away. Among other things, he had left behind an old watch that he had worn for many years and she was looking to sell it to pay for a dream vacation with her son. Much to our surprise, the watch was a beautiful, unpolished ‘Pre-Moon’ Speedmaster from 1969. She had gotten a few disappointing offers and wasn’t expecting much better from us. Gladly, we were able to help her to make that dream trip come true!
This watch too is on a journey to find a new and loving home. This beauty dates back to 1969 and is powered by the caliber 861. The watch has the iconic, asymmetrical case, which measures 42 mm. Furthermore, it has the twisted lugs that were designed by the one and only Gerald Genta. Between the twisted lugs are the 516-stamped end links with a 1039-stamped flat link bracelet dating back to the second quarter of 1970. So, slightly newer than the case. Usually, we don’t say this but with this watch we dare to say that it’s unpolished. This Speedmaster has a DoN – which stands for Dot over Ninety – bezel. In case you didn’t know, it refers to the dot being displayed above the 90 on the tachymetric scale of the bezel.