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Lot No. 22*
Lot No. 22*
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Omega "Speedmaster Professional Chronometer Apollo XI 1969"

, Movement No. 28422217, Case No. 260/1014, Ref. BA 145.022-69, Cal. 861, 42 mm, 163 g, circa 1969

An extremely rare gold Speedmaster with original box - no. 260 of a limited edition of 1014 timepieces especially made in honour of the moon landing of the American NASA astronauts in 1969; produced on December 9th, 1969 and delivered to Switzerland - with Omega extract of the archives

Case: 18k gold, screwed on back, engraving: "Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 - The First Watch Worn on the Moon 260", burgundy tachy bezel, anti-magnetic protection cap, original solid 18k gold Omega bracelet with deployant clasp, ref. 1116/575, bracelet length 150 mm, total length 190 mm. Dial: solid gold.

This particular gold model of the Omega Speedmaster Professional reference 145.022-69 was created to commemorate the successful moon landing in 1969 – it was produced in a limited edition of 1,014 pieces. The first and only watch that was ever worn on the moon, it was awarded the title "Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 - The First Watch Worn on the Moon", which is engraved on the caseback.

The first commemorative edition was produced in August 1969 and was an exact copy of the Speedmaster the US astronauts wore during the Apollo 11 mission; only 28 of these gold watches were made and inscribed with the dedication: "To mark man's conquest of space with time, on time". The timepieces were intended for persons such as Richard Nixon, who was President of the United States at the time, as well as his vice president and the astronauts. The remaining examples were sold to the public. Due to the great success of the watches, however, a total of 1,014 pieces were produced and sold until 1972.
Source: "Omega" by Marco Richon, Biel 2007, page 605.

The overall condition of this gold Speedmaster is excellent. The inscription "Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 - The First Watch Worn on the Moon" and the number of the watch (260) on the caseback are both still deep; the gold case has some slight, age appropriate surface scratches. The bordeaux colour of the tachy bezel is close to immaculate and in perfect harmony with the 18K gold of the watch itself. The dial is made of solid gold and signed "OM" (Or Massif).
Case: very good, slightly worn
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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