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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
145.012-67 Ultraman

Pre-owned () | Year of production 1968 | No original box | No original papers
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Basic Info

Listing code FC8GO2
Brand Omega
Model Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Reference number 145.012-67
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Leather
Year of production 1968
Condition (Light signs of wear or scratches)
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Price $42,499
Availability Item is in stock

Caliber

Movement Manual winding

Case

Case material Steel
Dial Black

Bracelet/strap

Bracelet material Leather

Description

The present Omega Speedmaster reference 145.012 is the love child of horology and Japanese manga culture.

In the mid-1960s, Japanese director Eiji Tsuburaya (co-creator of the original Godzilla series) began writing what would become the Ultraman series. Tsuburaya used many of the leftover sets from Godzilla to create Ultraman, beginning in March 1966. Ultraman begins with an intergalactic being (Ultraman) accidentally colliding with and killing a member of Earth’s Science Special Search Party (SSSP), Shin Hayata. Feeling remorseful, Ultraman merges his own life force with Hayata’s and vows to defend Earth against any that would seek to threaten it. Ultraman lives within Hayata, who transforms into Ultraman when the need arises. While Hayata is a normal man, Ultraman is a 40 meter tall silver and red-orange creature. His crested head and large, intimidating eyes became instantly iconic, as did his orange and silver suit. The catch was that Ultraman could only fight for three minutes before his energy was depleted.

In 1971, Tsuburaya’s son spearheaded the production of Ultraman Returns, where a different iteration of Ultraman – Ultraman Jack – returns to Earth and teams up with the Monster Attack Team. According to Omega, the producers of Ultraman Returns selected Omega’s "Moonwatch" as part of the Monster Attack Team’s monster fighting kit, differing from the other Speedmasters of the time by the adjunction of an orange central seconds hand.

Not only the wrist wear of choice of alien superheros, the reference 145.012-67 also graced the wrists of astronauts on Apollo 11, Apollo 14, and Apollo-Soyuz. It was the last Speedmaster model to be fitted with the renowned caliber 321 and is set apart from its predecessors by its ‘SP’ (‘SP’ for “Spécial Poussoirs” or “special pushers”) that increased water resistance. Though it is not known why a selection of the reference 145.012-67 were fitted with an orange chronograph hand – legibility is one theory – it is estimated that less than fifty correct examples exist with this bold, colorful detail. In order to be truly called an "Ultraman", the watch must be examined in person by Omega and accompanied with a note on the archival extract. These watches typically fall within a certain serial number range - between 26’076’XXX and 26’079’XXX.

With the introduction of the immensely successful “Speedy Tuesday” Ultraman limited edition in the summer of 2018, interest in vintage Ultraman Speedmasters has dramatically increased. This watch was delivered to the US Army (European Exchange System), a retailer supplying all types of goods on U.S. Army and Air Force installations worldwide, adding extra appeal to the timepiece.

In overall excellent condition, having been part of an important private collection for decades, the Ultraman is back!

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