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01417 Omega. A historically important stainless steel chronograph wristwatch manufactured in 1966, housing the mythical hand-wound caliber 321 movement.

 

 

 

01417 Omega

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch takes its place in the history because it used to accompany Apollo astronauts on several early missions. Neil Armstrong was wearing this model on its way to the moon. No doubt, it’s one of the world’s most emotional and iconic timepieces.

 

Manufacturer: Omega
Model: Speedmaster Professional
Year: 1966, manufactured for Switzerland
Reference No: 105.012, double reference inner back 145.012
Movement No: 24.004.625
Material: Stainless steel
Calibre: Manual, cal. 321
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel
Crystal: Hesalite
Dimensions: 42mm diameter
Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
Accessories: Delivered with Omega Extract from the Archives confirming its date of production on 2 September 1966

 

 

This particular Speedmaster is manufactured in 1966 and sold to the Swiss market. It’s the archetypal Speedmaster Professional vintage chronograph: lyre lugs, stepped dial, applied Omega logo. It belongs to the generation housing the mythical caliber 321, a Lemania caliber, column-wheel, lateral-clutch movement with Breguet overcoil – a true chronometer grade wristwatch movement of the old school.

The Speedmaster was originally introduced in 1957 as a racing watch, and it wasn't until 1969 – when the hand-wound chronograph accompanied the crew of Apollo 11 onto the surface of the Moon – that it received the legendary status that it holds today. The two references of our Speedmaster were worn by the crew of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong wore a 105.012, Michael Collins wore the later 145.012, and Aldrin's watch – the timepiece that actually went on the Moon – is currently missing as it was presumably stolen on the way to the Smithsonian in 1970. Speedmasters are still being worn to this day on the International Space Station.