Omega was formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. They were founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. They are part of the Swiss Swatch Group.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional was made famous for its 6 lunar missions. NASA in 1964 sent out letters to 10 watch brands, asking them to send in a Chronograph. Only four brands responded to NASA’s request, which was: Rolex, Longines-Wittnauer, Hamilton, and Omega, comically Hamilton sent in a pocket watch. Having all the specific requirements to achieve precise measurements, Omega continued to be tested with the many manned flights.
The 42mm stainless steel case has polished and brushed surfaces that lead your eyes to twisted tapering lugs. The crisp lines transition effortlessly around the case. A lug to lug length of 47.5mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. A fixed tachymeter sits on its black bezel, its subtle fading with age has created a blue hue. The dial is protected by Hesalite crystal, an outer minute track with slim baton indexes that mark the hours. 3 recessed Sub-dials 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. Sword hands and an elegant long central chronograph seconds hand that accurately hits the minute track. The dial has perfect symmetry and an even patina. Hands and indexes are lumed. The screw-down case back is engraved with “Flight - Qualified By NASA for all Manned Space Missions” “The First watch worn on the Moon” a fitting testament to man's achievements in space. Inside we have a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 861, the movement is directly related to the more famous Cal. 321 but instead of a column-wheel mechanism, it uses a cam/shuttle system. The watch comes fitted on a 20mm Omega stainless steel bracelet and an additional 20mm Omega bracelet. Comes with its Omega presentation box and included is an Omega extract confirming the watch's credentials.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Omega box, no original paperwork is provided, an "Extract from the Archives" is also provided with the watch. The watch comes paired on an original Omega bracelet with a signed clasp, a spare bracelet, and a swing tag is also in the box. The watch is from September 1975 and is sold in worn, vintage condition. The watch has been polished in its past but remains in all original and fantastic condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
It is amazing showcasing this watch on Instagram and some people thinking it was the modern Speedmaster, that is how well Omega has kept the design the same and rightfully so as it was so perfectly done in the first place! This example is stupendous, beautifully preserved, and with a dreamy faded blue bezel. It really doesn't get much better than this, in my humble opinion if you are considering a modern reference at full whack, you should really consider this too!