8,3 / 10
Perfect tropical dial
30.581.xxx was produced in 1970 and delivered to Switzerland.
It is in unpolished condition and is fitted with OMEGA’s early 1159/154 steel bracelet. The glass is probably original with the early version of the tachymeter bezel, identifiable with the high and narrow C of TACHYMETER.
Finally, its dial has taken on an amazing milk chocolate hue.
About the model
As early as 1968, eager to anticipate the specific needs of NASA, Omega started to work on improvements to the Moonwatch.
At the same time, new technologies and new functionalities were appearing and becoming more popular: automatic winding on chronographs, day and date indication, then quartz and other innovations.
Always at the forefront of research, Omega gradually introduced these novelties in its various ranges, and notably on the Speedmaster.
The first evolution was produced in 1969, with the Speedmaster Professional Mark II, assuming that the Moonwatch is the Mark I, although never called like this.
The Mark II conserved the same caliber 861, but the case, made by Piquerez, had a new shape, with a better integration of the bracelet and a flat mineral glass covering the bezel.
The steel version was commercialized as ST 145.014, then ST 145.034. A gold plated version with a bordeaux bezel (MD 145.034) was produced at less than 5’000 copies.