The factory-original (non-refurbished) dial is in near-perfect condition considering the age of the watch. The tritium lume plots have aged beautifully and match the hands. The crystal is in immaculate, scratch-free, condition. The case is in great condition. The crystal needed to be swapped in the last service.
Last service in 2019. The watch movement runs perfectly and all functions work perfectly as well.
Chronograph with Hand Winding Movement
black dial with black sub dials and white hands
Stainless Steel Case displaying the Seahorse Logo on the back
Genuine Omega Crown
42 mm diameter (w/o crown)
|Reference number|| 145022 tritium vintage|
Fitted with a genuine leather Colareb strap made in Italy.
|Years of Construction|
Splash Water Resistant (handwashing ok, not showering)
The Omega Speedmaster. In the list of truly timeless classic timepieces, the Omega Speedmaster, with all of its variations, truly claims the top position. What other watch can boast being flight-tested and then exclusively selected for the Apollo missions by NASA? The Speedmaster was not specifically designed as the space-faring watch we know it as. The Speedmaster was born during the age of exploration, when humans were pushing the limits of what was previously considered possible. In 1957, Omega launched a series of three “Professional” watches – watches that were meant to be dedicated to a specific target group of individuals and professions: Seamaster (professional divers), Speedmaster (professional racecar drivers), and Railmaster (engineers). The first Speedmaster, the CK 2915, was, like many other chronographs of the time, a racing chronograph. The CK2998 succeeded the first Speedmaster in 1959 after only two years of production of that first pivotal reference. Though the resemblance to the CK2915 is unmistakable, the watch went through a number of changes to make it more legible: it had the classic black anodized aluminum bezel insert, newly-designed alpha hands, o-rings around the pushers to improve water resistance, and a slightly larger case (40mm vs 39mm of the CK2915). It was this watch that started the Speedmaster's legacy in space, as it travelled to space on the wrist of Wally Schira during the Mercury 8 mission on October 3, 1962. Since 1966 (starting with the two references 105.012 and 145.012), all watches with the NASA flight-tested specifications have borne the word "Professional" on the dial. The reference 145.022 like the one we have here had a long production run between 1968 and roughly 2000, with the later references using the “145.0022” designation. What makes the 145.022 special is that this was the first reference with the 861 caliber, a more durable and more easily mass-produced, higher-beat chronograph caliber that succeeded the 321. The watch you see here has an original tritium dial with light ecru-colored patina on the dial. Serviced in 2019, the movement, like the case, is in impeccable condition!