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|Reference number||ST 145.0022
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|Location||United States of America, New York, New York|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Bracelet length||203 mm|
|Limited Edition, Luminous indexes|
REF.: ST 145.0022
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
CASE DIMENSIONS: 42 mm in diameter
DIAL: Black with luminous tritium indices and Apollo-Soyuz mission patch at 12 o'clock, with black chronograph subsidiary registers
BRACELET MATERIAL: Stainless steel
BRACELET SIZE: 8 inches
MOVEMENT: Manual wind, Movement no. 39181034
FUNCTIONS: Time, chronograph with tachymeter scale
The OMEGA "Apollo-Soyuz" Speedmaster is considered a "grail" watch for OMEGA and Speedmaster collectors, with very few having ever come to auction. This watch is property of the original French owner and includes the original International Guarantee card noting the sale of the watch at "La Reine Blanche" in Paris, France on July 27, 1978.
Each Apollo-Soyuz model was given a specific number out of 500 on the case back below the Gemini and Apollo and this watch is numbered 305. The case back has Gemini and Apollo accompanied by Soyuz printed in the Cyrillic alphabet. Additionally, there is the image of the Saturn 1B rocket.
The Apollo-Soyuz Speedmaster also notably comes on a 1168 bracelet, which is similar to a Rolex Oyster bracelet with solid links. This bracelet is highly prized by collectors and the Apollo-Soyuz Speedmaster was the only model to include this special bracelet.
The watch furthermore features a receipt from a full service at Station Technique Horlogere in Besancon, France in September 1997, when the watch had its pushers, crown, and tachymeter bezel replaced with service replacement parts, but the original materials were included with the watch. The tachymeter bezel has been replaced back to the original one, which has some scratches. The dial and hands are preserved in outstanding condition, with the dial certainly one of the most attractive Apollo-Soyuz dials known to the market.
The OMEGA "Apollo-Soyuz" Speedmaster Professional reference 145.022 was made to commemorate the 1975 docking between the American Apollo and the Soviet Soyuz spacecrafts, a historic moment during the Cold War for a thawing of US-Soviet relations. This watch was made as a limited edition of 500 pieces in 1976 one year after the docking it commemorates and was the first Speedmaster made in steel in a limited edition. The dial differs from normal Speedmasters by having the Apollo-Soyuz patch below 12 o'clock in place of the OMEGA logo. Beneath the patch only "OMEGA" is written. Accompanied by OMEGA box, extra links and guarantee.