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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Mar 21, 2020

LOT 289

OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER "ULTRAMAN", REF. 145.012, STEEL

Attractive and very rare stainless steel manual winding chronograph wristwatch with black tachometer bezel and orange chronograph hand.

Brand Omega

Model Speemaster "Ultraman"

Reference Ref. 145.012

Year Circa 1968

Bracelet Stainless steel Omega bracelet with deployant clasp Ref. 1039/ endlinks 516

Caliber 321, no. 26076838

Dimensions 39,5 mm.

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Extract from the archives

CHF 22,000 - 32,000

USD 22,700 - 33,000 / HKD 176,000 - 255,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-9

Good

Scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-58

Good

Slightly damaged bezel


Notes

Recognizable among all Speedmasters thanks to its orange chronograph hand, this Speedmaster reference 145.012 takes its name from the hero of the Japanese television series "Ultraman", created by the Japanese director Eiji Tsuburaya, (co- creator of the original series Godzilla), probably a watch collector himself because many of his creations featured a lot of interesting watches.
Indeed, during the episode "The Return of Ultraman" released in 1971, this model of Speedmaster had made its appearance in the series.
Similar to a traditional Speedmaster, however, this watch had an orange central hand, matching the outfits of the scientific team behind the hero Ultraman.
The reference 145.012 was manufactured in 1968 in approximately 3000 pieces; the number of Speedmaster Ultraman remains unknown to this day, although very limited.
Unconfirmed, it is said that less than 50 Ultraman watches are identified.
With the introduction of Ultraman "Speedy Tuesday" limited edition in the summer of 2018, interest in vintage Ultraman Speedmasters has increased considerably.
The model presented is preserved in a very good condition. Equipped with the famous confirming the presence of the orange chronograph hand. The watch was produced on June 6, 1968 and delivered in Sweden. It is surprising to note that a number of known Ultraman Speedmaster were issued in Sweden.