Omega Speedmaster*** 145.0808 First Series*** 1987
OMEGA Speedmaster Ref. 145.0808 Sapphire Caseback, First Series, Cal 863, Rare 40pcs Mexico, 1987
Serial: 48169557 / Case 0931 (back & between lugs)
Circa: 1987
Reference No.: 145.0808

CASE: 42mm Stainless Steel, lyre lug moonwatch case, acrylic crystal, black tachymeter bezel & sapphire display case back (without professional) and numbered.

DIAL: Black matte dial with tritium hour markers

MOVEMENT: Caliber 863 (copper), hand wound mechanical chronograph, 17 jewels

BRACELET: Omega (Holzer Mexico) stainless steel bracelet dated '88.

CONDITION REPORT: This dial is in mint condition with a beautiful cream color patina on the tritium indexes and also within the hands. The case shows signs of wear but is unpolished.
The movement is clean and shows some slight patina from aging, but running properly at the time of the condition report.

Released in 1985, the 345.0808 was the first Omega reference to be fitted with a see-through sapphire display caseback. As of 1986, a numbered edition of 1000pcs was issued within the serial number range of 48169000 to 48169999. Of these 1000pcs, 40pcs were delivered to Mexico without bracelets and with reference 145.0808. The reason behind this is that the Mexican distributor, Holzer y CIA SA, fitted them with their own Mexican made Omega bracelets. These is one of the rarest numbered editions made by Omega. These pieces had a numbered caseback and the same number was also engraved between the lugs. The sapphire caseback displayed a copper movement decorated with Côtes de Genève finishing named 863 (a decorated version of the 861).

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.