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Omega Speedmaster Ref. 145.022-69 'Straight Writing'

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Reference: 145.022-69 ST

Serial: 32,856,xxx

Year: 1973

Case: All Stainless Steel

Dimensions: 42mm excluding crown

Function: Chronograph

Caliber: Omega cal. 861 Manual Wind

Strap: 20mm period correct Omega stainless steel bracelet 1171/1 with 633 endlinks

Box/Papers: No/No

At the time, a couple of casebacks were common on this specific reference, a caseback with only the Seahorse logo in the center and ‘Speedmaster’ engraved, a caseback like the one here, with First Watch Worn on the Moon horizontally engraved below the Omega logo and one similar to this caseback, but with ‘Apollo XI 1969’ engraved as well. As you might predict already, the straight writing (SW) is the rarest of all, being produced for a short period of time (1971-1974).

 

 

The step black matte dial features a painted Omega logo and tritium indices with a lovely lume. The original DN90 bezel is in awesome shape showing a perfectly even faded tone. The dial shows some aging but remains in good condition. The original hands are also in good condition.

 

 

The case remains sharp although it has seen a soft polishing. The case back remains in great condition with the desirable straight writings clearly visible. It is correctly engraved on the inner case back.

 

 

With correct serial number, this watch was manufactured in 1973, being part of the latest batchs of 145.022-69s SW produced until 1974 (latest serial number known for a -69 SW is 32,857,xxx).

 

 

The Omega cal. 861 has been fully serviced by our watchmaker and it is running strong and keeping time.

 

 

Original crystal with old Omega logo engraved on the centre.

 

 

It is suited on a 20mm period correct Omega stainless steel bracelet 1171/1 with 633 endlinks.

 

 

This is indeed a great opportunity to own a rare reference in a lovely condition to make it become your daily beater.