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Full set w/ all original parts
This watch is a First Omega In Space (FOIS) Speedmaster model, which has been totally customized by its first (and only one) owner, who decided to create a kind of “Gemini 4” model.
For this purpose, he decided to modify:
- the dial, which has been replaced by a Gemini 4,
- the hands, which have been replaced by the Gemini 4 model ones,
- the bezel, which has been replaced by a blue one,
- the glass, which has been replaced by an hesalite one,
- the crown and the caseback, with the old style.
Furthermore, he decided to add a 1233 vintage steel bracelet.
This leads to a very peculiar and unique model, which is in like unworn condition.
Obviously, the watch is provided full set, with all the documents and accessories of a standard FOIS, but also with all the original parts of the model, which means that the customization is totally reversible and that the watch can be returned to its original configuration.
A very nice opportunity to have a totally personalized Speedmaster with a very unique look.
About the model
To mark the 50 years since the Speedmaster’s first space flight on the 1962 Sigma 7 mission, OMEGA came out in 2012 with an original model in the same style as the historic watch.
It was produced in a numbered but unlimited series.
In 1962, the Mercury astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra wore his personal Speedmaster reference CK 2998 for his mission, as there was no official watch qualified as NASA equipment at that time. It is characterized by a symmetrical caseband, straight lugs, Alpha hands and a straight chronograph seconds hand.
These features were retained for the 2012 model although slightly adapted to give this evocative watch a modern touch.
OMEGA decided in particular to fit the modern version with a sapphire-crystal glass instead of the original’s hesalite glass. The small hands for the hours and minutes counters are different from the running seconds hand, which wasn’t the case in the original model. The text on the dial and the Ω logo are of the current typography and the caseback is specific.
It was the first time since the 1960s that a Speedmaster Moonwatch was made with the straight lugs and symmetrical caseband of the pre-Professional models.