Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 24, 2021

LOT 212

OMEGA, REF. 145.022, SPEEDMASTER, APOLLO XI, FIRST SERIES CASEBACK, ROUND O, MARK II DIAL, YELLOW GOLD*

A fine, very rare, large 18k yellow gold manual winding chronograph wristwatch.

Brand Omega

Model Speedmaster Apollo XI

Reference 145.022-69

Year Circa 1969

Movement No. 27324280

Bracelet 18k yellow gold Omega bracelet (Ref. 1116/575), approx. overall length 185 mm

Caliber 861

Dimensions 42 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

Accessories later fitted box, Omega certificate of authenticity

EUR 28,000 - 48,000 *

USD 33,600 - 56,000 / HKD 260,200 - 433,700

Sold: EUR 124,800


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2-23*

Very good

Later

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

* a 20% import VAT is due on the hammer price, only if it is delivered within the EU.
Made in 1014 examples between 1969 and 1972 in celebration of Apollo XI. While the first 32 watches were given to personalities including astronauts, this example, that does not feature the Apollo 11 engraving on the caseback, bears the name of Adolf Brandle who, although unknown, must have had some important relationship with the firm. While the first examples were numbered, it appears that some were without numbers (for a similar example without, please see MoonWatch Only by Rossier and Marquie, page 353). Please also note that the certificate of authenticity mentions that the original movement was at some point swapped. Recently relaunched in 2019, in also 1012 pieces, the new version features the new caliber 3861.