Omega, formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. Louis Brandt, founded them 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 six 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: 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 test with the many manned flights. January 5th, 2021, saw Omega announce that the ref: 31130423001006 will be discontinued to be replaced by the ref: 310.30.42.50.01.002. It is now an excellent opportunity to pick up the outgoing models like this 2016 Omega Speedmaster Professional Sapphire Sandwich.
The 42mm stainless steel case has polished and brushed surfaces that lead to curved, twisted tapering lugs. The crisp lines transition effortlessly around the case. A lug to lug length of 48mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrist. A fixed tachymeter sits on its black bezel. The dial is protected by sapphire crystal, an outer minute track with slim baton indexes that mark the hours. Three recessed Sub-dials 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. Sword hands and an elegant long central chronograph seconds hand that accurately hits the outer track. The dial has perfect symmetry. Hands and indexes are lumed with Super-Luminova. On the reverse, a screw-down exhibition case back with a sapphire window. Around the outer edge, you have printed “The First watch worn on the Moon”, a fitting testament to man's achievements in space. Inside we have the Cal. 1863, 18 Jewels hand-wound Chronograph beating at 21,600 bph. It has a Rhodium-plated finish. Omega has gone the extra mile to decorate this Cal. 1863 with cotes-de-Geneve on the bridges and fine polishing on the edges of those bridges and levers, creating an incredibly attractive movement, which I am sure you will spend many an hour admiring. It is the direct descendant of the original moon watch that used the Cal. 361 a manual wound movement. The watch comes fitted on an Omega 20mm Stainless Steel bracelet with a signed push button clasp. It comes with its original Omega large presentation box with all its accessories and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original large Omega box and paperwork, plus the extras in the box. The watch comes paired on its original stainless steel Omega signed bracelet with its Omega signed clasp, the bracelet includes all links. The watch is from May 2016 and is sold in worn condition, but as close to new as you can get, do see the photos. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.