Omega Speedmaster Professional Tropical

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SKU AS01498
SKU AS01498

Why We Love it

Omega first conceived of the Speedmaster in the late 1950s, with the intention of developing a line of purpose-driven or "professional" wristwatches. Brands such as Blancpain, Rolex, and Breitling dominated in the area of divers and automotive or aviation chronographs. The success of Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms and Rolex's Submariner proved the need for dive watches, which Omega answered with the Seamaster 300. Breitling's Navitimer and Rolex's Reference 3268 "Pre-Daytona" chronograph filled a niche for chronographs intended for use in aviation or automotive sports. Therefore, it only seemed natural that Omega would seek to develop a new line that would capitalize on these new bestselling chronographs. 

Omega had already developed a chronograph for their Seamaster line, using the Caliber .321 movement. The Caliber .321--a sturdy, anti-magnetic movement that Omega acquired from Lemania in the 1940s--would form the base of what would become the Speedmaster. The name that Omega chose for this chronograph, like that of the Seamaster, indicates what they intended it to do: master speed. This notion is driven home by the innovative placement of the tachymeter scale, which Omega's designers placed on the bezel rather than in a chapter ring on the dial. The Speedmaster, with its striking black dial, hesalite crystal, and tachymeter bezel certainly stood out from other chronographs on the market.

The fact that the Speedmaster came to be used by NASA is somewhat serendipitous. Since the dawn of military aviation, pilots had used chronographs to time their flights. When NASA developed their space program, the first astronauts were, as one can imagine, pilots. The Speedmaster was already known to NASA for its personal use by the astronauts: Wally Schirra wore his own Speedmaster, a reference CK2998, aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 in 1962.

In 1965, NASA sent formal bids to twelve different brands whose chronographs the astronauts preferred for use in their flights. Chronographs from Breitling (already by then well-established for use in aviation), Rolex, and even a pocketwatch by Hamilton were considered by NASA. Ultimately a Rolex, a Longines and an Omega made the final cut, but the Speedmaster won out and was found to be the most durable and suitable of the bunch for use in the Apollo missions. The Speedmaster was one of the few pieces of equipment not made specifically for NASA, but given the watch’s outstanding quality, a custom model was deemed unnecessary, and Buzz Aldrin went on to wear his (a Reference 105.012) on the surface of the moon. 

Despite the popularity of the earlier Speedmasters, there's something to be said for the collectibility and popular appeal of the Reference 145.022, which straddles the period between the pre- and post-Moon landing Speedmasters. First produced in 1968, the Reference 145.022 is pivotal in the development of the Speedmaster. While the earlier References of Speedmaster--including those worn by the astronauts--contained the Caliber .321 movement, first designed by Albert Piguet in the 1940s, the Reference 145.022 was the first to contain the Caliber .861. Additionally, the sub-reference 145.022-69ST--the watch we offer here--was the first to feature a case back, released from 1969 to 1973, that commemorated the 1969 Moon Landing. 

However, this particular Speedmaster dates from the earlier part of this Reference's run, and therefore has a "pre-Moon" case back with the iconic hippocampus logo. Its warm, "tropical" dial--a sure sign of wear and use in the sun over many years--is absolutely stunning and adds a uniqueness to this already collectible timepiece. With a clean, honest case and a nicely worn "Dot Over 90" bezel, this Speedmaster definitely has "The Right Stuff."

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Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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 Tropical

Omega Speedmaster Professional Tropical

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Tropical

Why We Love it

Omega first conceived of the Speedmaster in the late 1950s, with the intention of developing a line of purpose-driven or "professional" wristwatches. Brands such as Blancpain, Rolex, and Breitling dominated in the area of divers and automotive or aviation chronographs. The success of Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms and Rolex's Submariner proved the need for dive watches, which Omega answered with the Seamaster 300. Breitling's Navitimer and Rolex's Reference 3268 "Pre-Daytona" chronograph filled a niche for chronographs intended for use in aviation or automotive sports. Therefore, it only seemed natural that Omega would seek to develop a new line that would capitalize on these new bestselling chronographs. 

Omega had already developed a chronograph for their Seamaster line, using the Caliber .321 movement. The Caliber .321--a sturdy, anti-magnetic movement that Omega acquired from Lemania in the 1940s--would form the base of what would become the Speedmaster. The name that Omega chose for this chronograph, like that of the Seamaster, indicates what they intended it to do: master speed. This notion is driven home by the innovative placement of the tachymeter scale, which Omega's designers placed on the bezel rather than in a chapter ring on the dial. The Speedmaster, with its striking black dial, hesalite crystal, and tachymeter bezel certainly stood out from other chronographs on the market.

The fact that the Speedmaster came to be used by NASA is somewhat serendipitous. Since the dawn of military aviation, pilots had used chronographs to time their flights. When NASA developed their space program, the first astronauts were, as one can imagine, pilots. The Speedmaster was already known to NASA for its personal use by the astronauts: Wally Schirra wore his own Speedmaster, a reference CK2998, aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 in 1962.

In 1965, NASA sent formal bids to twelve different brands whose chronographs the astronauts preferred for use in their flights. Chronographs from Breitling (already by then well-established for use in aviation), Rolex, and even a pocketwatch by Hamilton were considered by NASA. Ultimately a Rolex, a Longines and an Omega made the final cut, but the Speedmaster won out and was found to be the most durable and suitable of the bunch for use in the Apollo missions. The Speedmaster was one of the few pieces of equipment not made specifically for NASA, but given the watch’s outstanding quality, a custom model was deemed unnecessary, and Buzz Aldrin went on to wear his (a Reference 105.012) on the surface of the moon. 

Despite the popularity of the earlier Speedmasters, there's something to be said for the collectibility and popular appeal of the Reference 145.022, which straddles the period between the pre- and post-Moon landing Speedmasters. First produced in 1968, the Reference 145.022 is pivotal in the development of the Speedmaster. While the earlier References of Speedmaster--including those worn by the astronauts--contained the Caliber .321 movement, first designed by Albert Piguet in the 1940s, the Reference 145.022 was the first to contain the Caliber .861. Additionally, the sub-reference 145.022-69ST--the watch we offer here--was the first to feature a case back, released from 1969 to 1973, that commemorated the 1969 Moon Landing. 

However, this particular Speedmaster dates from the earlier part of this Reference's run, and therefore has a "pre-Moon" case back with the iconic hippocampus logo. Its warm, "tropical" dial--a sure sign of wear and use in the sun over many years--is absolutely stunning and adds a uniqueness to this already collectible timepiece. With a clean, honest case and a nicely worn "Dot Over 90" bezel, this Speedmaster definitely has "The Right Stuff."

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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