Omega Speedmaster Professional
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is a watch that's indelibly linked to the Space Program, in particular the Apollo program.
In 1967, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the Outer Space Treaty. The Treaty set the guidelines of international space law--in particular, it banned the use of nuclear weapons in space. To date, over 104 nations have signed and ratified the treaty, keeping the solemn promise laid down in the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 that "all activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind."
The year also marked achievements for NASA that would lay the groundwork for the Apollo missions. Having already achieved a spacewalk in 1965 (undertaken by astronaut Edward White, whose own tragic history is linked to the Speedmaster), NASA turned its attention to determining suitable landing sites on the Moon. From 1966 to 1967 NASA launched a series of five unmanned Lunar Orbiters. In the final Lunar Orbiter launch, in August of 1967, over 900 images were taken of the Moon, including the Far Side. As a result, over 99% of the Moon was photographed, allowing NASA to select potential landing sites for the Apollo program.
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.
With its characteristic applied-logo dial and "Dot Over 90" bezel, this example possesses a sharp case with lovely twisted lugs, and a Hesalite crystal. The Pre-Moon case back features the Omega Hippocampus. The dial is in beautiful condition, with a rich patina to the Tritium elements of the hour markers and hands.
Though perhaps not as desired as earlier Speedmasters like the Ed White or the 2915, the Reference 145.012-67 has a deep connection to NASA, being the same Reference worn by Buzz Aldrin in the historical Apollo 11 mission, and by Alan Shephard in Apollo 14, making it an important historical artifact with ties to NASA that cannot go understated.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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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.
Omega Speedmaster Professional