Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
On December 15th, 2015, Christie's Watch Department held the first thematic auction in the department's history. The focus? The Omega Speedmaster.
Limited to 50 lots (a nod to the 50th anniversary of Ed White's historic EVA and the 50 years since the Speedmaster was officially flight-qualified for all NASA missions), the auction set numerous world records in a matter of hours.
In the year since the Speedmaster 50 sale, interest in the Omega's iconic watch has been re-ignited, with collectors and enthusiasts clamoring for the rarest and most pristine examples. For many, finding the earliest examples and serials is the focus. For others, condition and accompanying documentation, booklets, etc., is prized. But for a sliver of the collecting community, the interest lies in the transitional models that appeared in the Speedmaster line from its inception in the late 1950s.
One of the rarest of these transitional Speedmaster models is the 105.002-62. Produced my Omega for only two years (roughly), it is estimated that only 2,200 to 2,600 examples were ever created. And with over four decades separating us from the watch's birth, there is no telling just how many have survived.
But in addition to being exceedingly rare, the 105.002-62 is incredibly important to evolution of the Speedmaster. Coming on the heels of the 2998 series, the 105.002 marks the start of Omega's then-new coding system known as Mapics. The system was designed to denote each model's specific characteristics - the first number corresponded to Omega's men's or women's lines, the second the type of movement and so on - and remains today. Additionally, the later models of the 105.002 were the first to feature the baton hand design, a feature that would become a hallmark of the iconic Moon Watch.
This particular 105.002, fitted with a calibre .321 (Movement #19.584.xxx) hails from the leading edge of the model's production run which featured Alpha hour and minute hands and a drop-weight chrono seconds hand - a configuration more commonly associated with the latter 2998 models - a stunning combination.
We at Analog/Shift are extremely fortunate to encounter rare timepieces on a regular basis, and for virtually every member of our team, donning them brings a child-like excitement. But watches this rare make us downright speechless.
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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.