Omega Speedmaster c.321 ref.145.012 - 1967

Omega Speedmaster c.321 ref.145.012 - 1967


We talk a lot about pedigree and history at Those special qualities that not only set a watch apart, but proved its worth and justify its value and importance. To that end, of all the watches ever made, the Omega Speedmaster *with* the Lemania-based manual chronograph movement may just be the king of them all. If nothing else, this model is among the top 2 or 3 greatest of all time. 

Of course. today there are "better" watches. Watches like the A. Lange and Sohne Datograph. But the Datagraph benefits from decades of evolution. In other words, if you compare apples to apples, in relative terms given the fact it was this watch, first released in 1957, and that was bought off-the-shelf in the mid 60's by some NASA employees, and that then went on to not only trounce its competition in those famous NASA tests, but was the only one that actually managed to complete them all without failing, even the Datograph would have its work cut out. All for a fraction of the price too.

This particular example is reference 145.012 from 1967. This is the exact model used on those final missions and that actually made it on to the moon (not just in space). As mentioned, it has the Lemania-based manual chronograph c.321, which in my view is *the greatest* manual chronograph ever made. It's direct competition would be the Valjoux 72 (but the Valjoux 72, which awesome, was much more mass produced), and the in-house Longines 13Z (my number 2 choice). In fact, the 321 movement, developed by Lemania, which was a subsidiary of Omega's at the time, is also the base movement used in some other legendary, and far more expensive chronographs from Patek Philippe and others.

The watch is all original except for the bezel insert, which was changed by Omega during a routine service. In fact, even the hestalite crystal is original and if you look closely in one of the pictures, you will see the etched Omega logo in the center.

We installed a Thomas Preik exposition back to show of the gorgeous c.321, but of course the original caseback is most definitely included.

The buckle is a genuine Omega buckle, and the strap is a gorgeous alligator strap (please note, we sell straps too, so you don't like this strap, we can get you another one).

If there was only one watch to buy, or one watch to start your collection with, or one watch every great collection must have, the Omega Speedmaster with the c.321 is it. For more info, please contact us. We'd be happy to help!

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