Omega Speedmaster*** 145.022-69 Trop*** B&P 1970
OMEGA Speedmaster 145.022-69, Box & Papers, Tropical Chocolate Dial, 1970
Serial: 29604629
Circa: 1970
Reference No.: 145.022-69

CASE: 42mm Stainless Steel, lyre lug moonwatch case, acrylic crystal, black DO90 tachymeter bezel & hippocampus case back

DIAL: Dark Chocolate tropical matte step dial with tritium hour markers

MOVEMENT: Caliber 861, hand wound mechanical chronograph, 17 jewels

BRACELET: Omega Stainless Steel bracelet Ref. 1039/516, dated 2.70

CONDITION REPORT: The case is in excellent condition and unpolished. The dial has aged to a rich chocolate color. The tritium material in the hands has darkened over time, but remains intact. The DO90 bezel is in excellent condition with only slight wear.
The watch comes complete with its original moon box and original warranty paper stamped being sold in Badalona, Spain in July 1970. The Archives confirm delivery to spain in June 1970.

There are three different casebacks associated with the reference 145.022-69. The first being the pre-moon style ‘Seahorse’ caseback then followed by the ‘Straight Writing’ and 'Apollo XI'.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph, also known as the "Moonwatch", is famous for being the watch worn by astronauts during the first Moon landing.
NASA’s harsh and intense qualification tests leading up to the Apollo 11 mission examined several watches from Switzerland’s top manufacturers such as Breitling, Rolex and Omega; the testing was concluded in March 1965 with the final selection awarded to the Omega Speedmaster, because it stood apart from the rest as it continuously kept within 5 seconds accuracy in its per day rate. As a result, it became the official watch of the U.S. space program.