OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL 'TROPICAL DIAL'

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OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL 'TROPICAL DIAL'

Brown
  • London Showroom

    Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

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 THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: OMEGA
MODEL: 145.022-69
YEAR: 1970
BOX/PAPERS: YES/YES (Archive)
CASE DIAMETER: 42mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: MANUAL WIND

The last pre-Moon model in the Speedmaster range is  the 145.022-69 with the caseback that makes no reference to the Moon landing. The model was indeed conceived before the lunar landing, but it only went on sale months afterwards, in December 1969. Given its high production run, it is today the pre-Moon model most commonly seen in the pre-owned market.

The chocolate dials are most commonly seen in this reference, from 29.11xxxx serials up to 31.00xxxx, this one being 29.115xxxx. Singer who produced the dials kindly provided the reason why this happened to these dials in particular. The brass dials were coated in a nickel zinc alloy which had to be coated in a thin layer of nitro cellulose varnish in order to stop the nickel oxidising. The issue was the varnish was porous and not that great in quality, Singer actually replaced the varnish with a synthetic version a little later which was much more resistant to degradation. 

The brown hue that forms on the dial is actually the nickel plating oxidising. This is different to the milk chocolate dials you see on the earlier 321's (we also have one in stock) which was due to  UV, radiation, humidity etc. Either way, whether its milk or dark chocolate in colour, the effect is beautiful and highly collectible.

The movement is running very well at +8 per day and 260 amps. The watch comes complete with its original box, 1039/516 flat link bracelet stamped 4/70. The Omega Extract of the Archives confirms its production date of March 25th 1970 and its delivery to the USA. 

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