Collector Condition 1973 Omega Speedmaster 145.022 Wristwatch Full Set Plus….

The Overview

Omega launched the Speedmaster 94 145 022 in 1970 as a first response to the 1969 moon landing. There were 3 models, the rarest and most sought after is known as the ‘straight writing’ (this refers to the writing on the outside case back) – these have actually become slightly more valuable than the 1969 model. The calibre 861 movement for these watches carried the movement number range of 31,000,000 to 32,999,999. The dial’s known as stepped due to the circular line at the edge of the minute markers. It’s also interesting to note that the Omega box also carries the reference of ‘SSIH’. The SSIH group merged with Omega in 1930 and by the 1970’s was one of the largest manufacturers of watches in the world (later merged with the Swatch group in 1998). This watch is amongst the most collectible of the Omega Speedmasters.

We’re selling this example on behalf of the owner who bought it, via us, from the original owner who bought it from new in 1973 and it’s amongst the best in the world both in terms of originality/condition and provenance. He only wore it occasionally and kept it (and the box, papers etc.) in pristine condition. It is one of the best known examples in the World as it retains its’ original bezel insert, bracelet and has only had a very light polish during a service by Omega in 2001 (only time it’s been polished) – the case is in stunning condition but does have some light scratching on the case sides. I’m always happy to send the high resolution pictures if required. In terms of provenance we have:

  • The original open papers
  • The original Omega booklets and guide
  • The original Omega box – inner and outer – in excellent condition
  • The original purchase receipt
  • The service record
  • The swing tag
  • The original spare link

This is amongst the best examples in the world of this extremely rare watch. Our watchmaker has serviced the movement and we will give a 12 month guarantee on the movement and a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance.


The Case

The case is in stunning condition but does have some light scratching on the case sides. The case measures 42mm across, excluding the Omega crown and 48mm long including the lugs. The outside case is signed ‘Flight Qualified by NASA For All Manned Space Missions’, ‘The First Watch Worn on the Moon’ and the inside case is signed ‘Omega Watch Co’, ‘FAb Suisse Swiss Made Acier Inoxyable’ and the case reference is ‘145022-69 ST’.


The Movement

The movement’s in excellent condition and has the dust cover. The movement’s signed ‘Omega Swiss’, ‘Seventeen 17 Jewels’ and the movement number is ‘32,196,375’.


About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.


Why Purchase a Watch from SVW

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!


Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.


The Conclusion

This is a rare and collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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