Omega "Speedmaster 145.022-69" men's Modern design chronograph wristwatch in stainless steel with original bracelet, circa 1970.
NASA chose the "Speedmaster" for its manned space flights in the 1960s and the 1970s. The "Speedmaster" became the first watch on the Moon when Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the Lunar Module "Eagle" onto the Moon's surface in the early morning hours of July 21, 1969; it is believed that Neil Armstrong left his "Speedmaster" in the module. This 145.022-69 model is the last of the "pre-Moon" versions before Omega began engraving the casebacks with reference to the Moon landing. Omega's archives indicate that this particular watch was produced in July of 1970. It is in crisp, excellent condition showing only very slight wear. Case edges are very sharp. Tachymeter bezel is a modern replacement. Screwdown hippocampus caseback is excellent with some very light marks. The case measures 48mm long and 42mm wide. Original black-finish stepped dial is superb. Omega-marked acrylic crystal is excellent. Watch is powered by its correct 17-jewel Omega caliber 861 movement. Movement has not been serviced by me, but is running strong with all chronograph functions working properly. Has correct 24-tooth crown. Has correct 1039 flat-link bracelet with clasp dated 3-70 and 516 end links. Watch is also available without bracelet for a lower price.