Omega 145.012-67 SP Tropical Vintage Speedmaster Pre Moon 1967 INSANE TROPICAL MEXICO (31918)

31918 Omega 145.012-67 SP Speedmaster, 145.012-67 SP, 145012 67, the first Speedmaster reference to set foot on the moon, undoubtedly one of the most amazing tropical dial watches we have ever had the pleasure of offering, the stainless steel Huguenin Freres (HF) case is in outstanding condition with bevels and chamfers still in place, the original 1039 bracelet with 516 endlinks and clasp stamped 4/68, the bracelet is very long, manual wind movement Omega Caliber 321, chronograph, original dial and hands, dial has faded to a gorgeous tropical brown, the aging has created an amazing uniform patina on the dial, the gradient of tropical ranges from top to bottom, the "Dot Over 90" tachymeter bezel has faded to a charming blue / grey, Hesalite crystal with Omega logo still clearly visible, 26 mil serial (circa 1968), diameter: 42mm, thickness: 14mm, Truly incredible Omega 145.012 Tropical example with extract from the Omega archives showing production in May of 1968 and its delivery to an Omega boutique in Mexico.


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This is a vintage c. 1968 stainless steel Omega Speedmaster, 145.012-67 SP. It has the original stainless steel Omega 1039 bracelet and clasp stamped 4/68, and a Hesalite crystal. The case was produced by Huguenin Freres (with an HF hallmark), and it has the original dial, hands, and "Dot Over 90" tachymeter bezel with graduations to 500 UPH. The 42mm diameter solid three-body case, anti-magnetic protection cap, flat lugs, and Speedmaster logo solid screw-down case back are polished/brushed. The dial has faded to a stunning tropical brown with luminous baton hour index markers, luminous white baton hands, and the distinctive white arrow-tipped center chronograph hand. The dial and graduated tachymeter bezel are also original, as are the luminous baton hour index markers. There is an outer 1/5 seconds track, luminous skeletonized baton hands, and a central chronograph hand with the distinctive arrow tip indicator. There is a constant seconds subsidiary dial at 9 o'clock, a 12-hour sub dial at 6 o'clock, and a 30-minute sub dial at the 3 o'clock position. The 14mm thick case, dial, and movement are all signed.

The mechanical manual winding Omega caliber 321 movement is copper, with a shock absorber mechanism. It's constructed with 17 jewels, a straight-line lever escapement, a monometallic balance with timing screws, a self-compensating Breguet balance spring, and an index regulator.

This model (145.012) is confirmed by Omega as the first Speedmaster to visit the moon with the Apollo 11 crew in 1969, and is the same model that was worn by Buzz Aldrin in his historic first steps.