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Hong Kong, Sep 28, 2022

LOT 179


HKD 8,200 - 16,400

EUR 1,050 - 2,100 / CHF 1,000 - 2,000 / USD 1,050 - 2,100

Sold: HKD 17,500

A fine, large, heavy, well preserved, self-winding, stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with central-minute counter, 24-hour indicator and date

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Omega, Switzerland

Model Speedmaster Mark III

Reference 176.002

Year Sold in March 1973

Movement No. 36257418

Material Stainless steel

Bracelet stainless steel

Diameter 41 mm.

Length 175 mm.

Caliber 1040, 22 jewels

Signature Dial, case and movement

Accessories Original certificate


Ref. ST 176.0002 was launched in 1971. This watch holds a unique place in the Omega collection of the 1970's. Its case is from the ''Pilot'' line of cases which was used for the ''Flightmaster'', as well as on ''Seamasters'', making it the only ''Speedmaster Professional'' to share its case design with both chronograph and non-chronograph models. It is also the first self-winding Speedmaster Professional? (patent CH 558.556), pre-dating by two years the famous ''Speedy 125'', the movement of which is a certified chronometer version of this caliber. This reference was made with two distinct dial designs, the first black with luminous markers, the second satiné blue with applied indexes. It is interesting that the Omega advertising for the ''Mark III'' states, After six landings on the moon, there was only one thing we could teach the Speedmaster ''to wind itself'' Ironically, had the Speedmaster been self-winding in 1962 it probably would never have passed NASA's stringent tests. This is due to two things: first, self-winding movements do not wind in zero gravity environments; second, these movements tend to be less robust than manual winding ones.