Omega Speedmaster*** BA 145.022-69 Oval O*** 1969
OMEGA Speedmaster 18K Yellow Gold FIRST SERIES, Ref. BA 145.022-69, 1969
Serial # 28422244 / Caseback 400
Circa: 1969
Reference No.: BA 145.022-69

DIAL: Solid gold dial with short black lacquer applied hour markers and gold applied Omega logo and OMEGA (Oval O) printed below. Black baton hour/minutes hands and straight balck chronograph seconds hand. OM SWISS MADE OM (OM = Or Massif, Sold Gold in French) printed at the bottom of the dial.

CASE: 42mm, 18K yellow gold, burgundy tachymeter bezel, special tribute Apollo XI engraving on the caseback. Numbered 400.

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

BRACELET: Omega 18K yellow gold bracelet 1116/575

CONDITION REPORT: Overall condition with only a few marks of wear. The original DO90 burgundy bezel has faded slightly but is intact. The case is sharp and unpolished. The 18K 1116 bracelet appears to have full links and is tight and shows no signs of stretch.

Following the lunar landing, Omega issued its first numbered edition of 1014 Speedmasters: an 18K gold model with a special tribute caseback that was individually numbered. Omega offered, during a banquet in Houston in November of 1969, the first two to President Nixon and Vice President Agnew were refused due to their high value and returned while the following 26 pieces were given to astronauts. This Speedmaster has several unique attributes beyond its 18K yellow gold case, bracelet and solid gold dial including its burgundy color tachymeter bezel and black hands.
This particular example is the first execution of the dial with the oval O and is in stunning mint condition.