You'd think we'd get tired of writing about Speedmasters. You'd be wrong.
But we'll cut to the chase here. If you are looking for an accessible Apollo-era Speedmaster with an extra flair of rare, then you're in luck. Read on, dear friends.
Dating to early 1968, this particular example, a Reference 145.012-67, is one of the last models to be fitted with the Calibre .321 column-wheel chronograph movement developed by Lemania. This movement is the stuff dreams are made of, and often come with much higher price tags. Fitted with the correct applied-logo dial and featuring a strong twisted-lug case, this piece further stands out with its genuine Omega pulsations scale bezel. It has patina and wear in all of the right places, and character for days.
This Speedy has everything you'd want from a legendary pre-moon model, but at a significantly more approachable price than others available. Don't say we never did nothin' for ya.
With the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing looming like the Death Star on the horizon, collectors are focusing on space-related ephemera. Major auction houses are holding sales of anything that an astronaut might have evenbreathedon.
But there is a piece of space history that anyone can own: The Omega Speedmaster.
Since 1965, this little machine has been issued to the crew of every manned space mission. Ed White, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell—these are just a few heroes who strapped the Speedy to their wrists as they headed to the final frontier. As one of Omega’s longest-running models, the Speedmaster has seen variants as numerous as stars in the sky, from special editions honoring spaceflights to the simpler black-dialed “Moon watch” that everyone knows and loves.
Meanwhile, back in Bienne, Omega was making subtle changes to the Speedmaster. In 1967, Omega released a new reference of Speedmaster that would set the standard for all Speedmasters to follow. The Reference 145.012-67 was the last of the Apollo-Era Speedmasters to utilize the Calibre .321 column wheel chronograph movement by Lemania; the next reference, the 145.022, would use the improved Caliber .861.
Also, certain examples of the Reference 145.012 were designated SP, for Spécial Poussoirs or "special pushers," meaning that these examples had unique pushers with taller caps installed in order to improve water resistance.