Omega. A Rare and Early Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Tropical or chocolate dial Model: Speedmaster Professional
Reference: 145.022.69 ST
Case: Three-body, polished and brushed, integral crown and pusher guard, original black bezel with tachometer scale to 500 UPH, lyre lugs, screw-down case back with Speedmaster logo, dust cap.
Dial: Tropical Brown with luminous baton indexes, outer minute/seconds divisions, outermost 1/5th second divisions, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers. Original Luminous white baton hands.
Movement: Cal. 861, copper-colored, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, index regulator.
Case, dial, movement signed
Watch was recently overhauled.
The present watch is a fine example of a first generation reference 145.022 Speedmaster with a tropical dial. These watches are highly sought after for their extremely short production run which lasted a little over a year. Examples such as the present watch with all-original details and a dial that has aged to an attractive chocolate brown are even more desirable by collectors. The transformation of the dial to a striking brown is further highlighted by the contrast against the black bezel and light cream color of the baton numerals and printing.
A killer dial and classic watch in great condition and recently overhauled. The tropical Speedmaster is rapidly becoming a cult classic, and such a specimen will be a great addition to any collection.