Omega Speedmaster*** 345.0808 First Series*** 1985
OMEGA Speedmaster Ref. 345.0808 Sapphire Caseback First Edition, Cal 863, 1986
Serial: 48169155 (case back & between lug matching limited number: 0274)
Circa: 1985
Reference No.: 345.0808

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, hand wound mechanical chronograph, 17 jewels

BRACELET: Original Omega Stainless Steel 1450/808 Bracelet

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 no major damage. The bezel has a slight indent between 75-80 on the tachy, but overall intact.
There is a scratch on the back of the bottom right lug.
The bracelet is in perfect without stretch and original owner claims to have never worn it on metal, but rather a leather strap.
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. 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.