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Rare 145.022-76 reference with original steel bracelet
The present Speedmaster, with serial number #37.870.xxx, is a reference ST 145.022-76, manufactured in 1978 and delivered to the USA.
It is in very good condition, and all its parts are conform, included its stainless steel bracelet reference 1171/633.
Its dial is called Tall & Open S in the MOONWATCH ONLY book, a nickname referring to the height and shape of the capital S of Speedmaster: it is very tall / long and its ends are curly, but much less than the Tall & Closed S variant, produced at the end of the 80s. Produced from 1977 to 1990, this is the correct version for this reference ST 145.022-76.
About the model
The 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 production was engraved inside the caseback: 68, 69, 71, 74, 76 and the last one 78, all made by the case maker Huguenin Frères SA.