|Model Name/Number:||Speedmaster - ST105.003-65 "Ed White"|
|Serial/Year:||25,XXX,XXX - Circa 1967|
|Movement:||Manual-winding Omega caliber 321|
|Case:||Stainless steel 38mm case that shows wear from use. Inside caseback is stamped: ST 105.003-65.|
|Dial:||Matte black step dial with tritium hour markers that have developed patina. Tritium lume in hands have also developed patina and the minutes hand has some missing lume.|
|Bracelet:||Stainless steel 1035 bracelet w/ folding clasp and no. 6 end links. Clasp is dated "2/68."|
|Box & Papers:||Bob's presentation box|
|Warranty:||This vintage Omega comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty|
|Return Policy:||If not 100% satisfied, return watch in 3 days for a full refund. Terms.|
This vintage Omega watch is in overall excellent, honest condition with some signs of wear and age. The case is in great condition with some scratches and light nicks. The double beveled edge on the caseback is still clearly visible. The hippocampus engraving on the caseback shows some wear, but it clearly visible. The crystal is signed with an Omega symbol in the center. The "dot over 90" bezel has faded to a dark grey color throughout with wear scratches and around the edges. The stepped dial is in great condition with light patina. The hour markers have developed patina and have aged to a lovely beige color. The lume in the hands have developed patina and are a bit lighter than the lume on the dial. The lume in the minute hand has a couple of spots with missing lume. The applied Omega logo has developed light patina. The bracelet is in good condition and has some scratches and signs of wear throughout. The elastic part of the bracelet on one side has a little space between a couple of links and on the other side it remains together.
By Paul Altieri
The Omega Speedmaster is a watch that needs no introduction. First launched in 1957 as a chronograph wristwatch intended for the automotive racing crowd, the Speedmaster cemented its place in watchmaking history when it became the first watch worn on the surface of the moon in 1969. Flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space travel, the Omega Speedmaster still holds the distinction of being the only watch that is certified for both spaceflight and EVA (spacewalks).
Among all the various Speedmaster references that have existed throughout history, it is without a doubt the early examples fitted with Caliber 321 movements that are considered to be the most rare and desirable among collectors. Additionally, among these, it is the models with straight lugs, such as this ref. 105.003 “Ed White” Speedmaster from 1965 that are the most coveted due to having an appearance that immediately separates them from all later Speedmaster generations.
The reference 105.003 was first launched in 1964 and represents the last of the straight-lug ‘Pre-Professional’ Speedmaster models. By 1969, Omega had made the switch to the twisted-lug style of cases, and the brand continues to use this case style on the modern Speedmaster watches that it sells today. The Omega Speedmaster ref. 105.003 was also the watch of choice for many astronauts on the Gemini missions and one was worn during the first American spacewalk, resulting in its now-iconic “Ed White” nickname.
The ref. 105.003 holds a special place in the history of the Omega Speedmaster, as it was the exact model that underwent rigorous NASA testing in 1964 and became officially flight-certified on March 1st, 1965. This particular example is in excellent, honest overall condition, complete with its lovely faded ‘Dot-Over-Ninety’ bezel (DON bezel), flat-foot crown, and flat link 1035 bracelet completing the look and feel of this "Ed White."
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