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Extremely rare “Apollo XI” 1969″ Japanese version
#31.006.xxx is an extremely rare example of ST 145.022-69 “Apollo XI 1969”. It is in very good condition and its parts are conform. It is fitted with its original Japanese steel bracelet reference 1116/575, specific to this version.
The watch is provided with its Extract of Archives from Omega, and a very rare crater box.
About the model
Omega Speedmaster, born in 1957, is one of the most iconic wristwatches ever produced. Since 1965, it has been the choice of space programs for over half a century and has been associated with some of mankind’s greatest space adventures, earning it the name The Moonwatch.
Naturally, beyond its professional use for more than sixty years, the Speedmaster, with its incredible history and its timeless design, has appealed to a much wider public throughout the world.
The reference ST 145.022 is the successor of ST 145.012 and the first fitted with the caliber 861. During the first years of production of the ST 145.022, the year of manufacture was engraved inside the caseback: 68, 69, 71, 74, 76 and 78.
The sub-reference ST 145.022-69 was produced and delivered during several years, up until 1974. A lot of variations were introduced, the most important being located on the caseback, with the mention “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON”. The present watch has such a caseback and is nicknamed “Straight Writing”, in comparison with the following models which have circular writing around a medallion.
Some of these “Straight Writing” 145.022-69s were fitted with an extremely rare caseback that referred to the Apollo 11 mission, similar to that of the limited series in gold entitled, Apollo XI 1969 – Tribute to Astronauts.
These special versions, all sold in Japan, might well correspond to a special order from the Japanese distributor.