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Omega Ref. 145.022 'Racing Dial'

07.12.16

The Speedmaster is one of the most iconic watches ever made by any manufacturer. Originally, the Speedmaster was targeted for an "active clientele" but definitely reached world wide fame when chosen by NASA to be the official timekeeper for their space flight missions.

This particular reference 145.022, features "lyra" style twisted lugs with an asymmetric case incorporating crown guards and a tachometer scale on the bezel. Housed inside the case is Omega’s caliber 861, a robust, highly regarded manually wound chronograph movement.

What makes this lot exceptional is its highly coveted, matte black „racing” dial with beautiful red and bright orange accents. Scholarship suggests that the "racing" dials were made as prototypes and only in exceptional cases were mounted on watches and sold via their retailers, in this instance, Japan. Three orange chronograph hands perfectly complement the orange-colored markers and Omega symbol at 12 o’clock. The present lot’s rarity, well-preserved condition, and vibrant aesthetic make this one of the most exciting examples of all Speedmasters – worthy of a prominent place in any collection of rare sports watches.

Lot 48 achieved 57,500 CHF at the START-STOP-RESET sale.

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