Rhodesian Air Force issued model
Specific caseback and pushers
About this watch
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 Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) was formed in 1935 under the name “Southern Rhodesia Staff Corps Air Unit” as a territorial unit. During the Rhodesian Bush War, the air force consisted of no more than 2,300 personnel and of those only 150 were pilots.
It is clear that the Rhodesian Air Force has equipped some of its pilots with OMEGA watches, even if we do not have precise information about the terms of a possible agreement between the brand and the Army at this stage. The first models were CK2777s, then Speedmaster MkIIs, and last, Moonwatches in the mid 1970s.
We have observed less than 10 ST 145.022-74s issued for the RhAF, with a s/n #39.180.xxx. The present model available for sale is one of these military models.
It is in good original condition, deserving a Watch Score of 7.6.
A specific + 2.0 Extra Score is given for its military identity, and its overall coherence.
Our Watchfid Rating is 9.6.
This watch is provided with an exclusive 32-page book: the WATCHFID Expert Report.