Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 27

Ref. St 145.022-69, Speedmaster, Moonwatch, Chronograph, Minute And Hour Counters, Yellow gold, So Called “Appolo 11”

EUR 30,000 - 50,000

USD 33,900 - 57,000 / HKD 266,000 - 442,000 / CHF 31,200 - 52,000

Sold: EUR 54,600

18K yellow gold, manual-winding, vertical “tonneau”-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back, movement protected inside a soft iron calotte (protective container) against magnetic fields, bezel with brown insert, gold colour dial with radial applied indexes, subsidiary seconds at 9 and three horological complications:
• 1/8 second chronograph (activated by the two round-shaped pushpieces located on the case-band), with tachometric scale graduated on the bezel for 500 units per hour
• Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)
• Dragging 12-hour counter (subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock)

Case-back stamped in the centre with the Omega logo and the mention “the first watch worn on the moon” and “Omega Speedmaster – Apollo XI 1969”.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Omega, Bienne / Biel

Model “Speedmaster Professional” “Moonwatch” so called “Appolo 11”

Reference ST 145.022 – 69

Year Circa 1969

Movement No. 29 171 313

Case No. No. 904 (by Charles Dubois & Cie, Le Locle)

Material 18K yellow gold

Bracelet 18K yellow gold Omega “Holzer” bracelet with deployant clasp

Caliber 861 (based on Lemania)

Dimensions 48.6 x 42.3 mm. / 39.7 mm. (bezel) / Length 190 mm. (approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Omega original fitted box (“lunar crater”)


Lot in temporary importation and subject to additional fees (see our general terms and conditions of sale)


Omega “Speedmaster” so-called “Apollo 11”
The Omega “Speedmaster” so-called “Apollo 11” model, in 18K gold, was created in the fall of 1969 to commemorate Apollo XI’s successful moon landing.
A total of 1 014 examples were produced, especially for NASA astronauts, two for the President and Vice-president; the remaining were made available for the general public to acquire.
The available examples were assigned an engraved dedications, “Omega Speedmaster – Apollo XI 1969”, “the first watch worn on the moon” and numbered.
The very small quantity offered to the general public was available in two versions. The present watch is from the second version, with the engraving on the case-back painted in a burgundy colour, which complements its burgundy coloured bezel. This watch also features the second version of the dial, showing a round “O” in the Omega signature as opposed to the earlier version, which is more oval-shape.
An example of all three case-backs made in this series are illustrated described by Marco Richon in Omega, A Journey Through Time, 2007, p. 605.