OMEGA Speedmaster Professional - Ref. 145.022-69 Tropical Dial
Omega debuted the Speedmaster in 1957, with ref. 2915-1. This was the first chronograph to feature a bezel with a tachymeter on it, as the Speedmaster was originally intended for driving enthusiasts to measure speed. However, that is not what we think about when somebody says the name Speedmaster - we think about the moon landing in 1969!
While the watches that went to the moon used Calibre 321, the present example - a 145.022-69 - is the first iteration of Speedmaster to use the hugely improved calibre 861. Swaping its column wheel for a cam activated chronograph movement, the calibre 861 was a high beat more reliable movement than the 321. With this particular example, the showstopper is really its dark brown chocolate dial!
Over time, this once black dial has aged to a deep attractive brown color, which in conjunction with its creamy yellow lume is truly visually stunning. Set against a crisp white handset - there is so much to love about this Speedy! Still mated with a faded and aged Dot-Over-90 bezel that collectors look for, and married to a period correct flat-link bracelet is a huge plus!
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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