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Vintage Omega Speedmaster pre moon ” Ed White ” Circa 1966.

Vintage Omega Speedmaster pre moon ” Ed White ” Circa 1966.

A rare calibre 321 manual wind pre moon ” Ed White ” speedmaster chronograph non professional with Dot Diagonal 70, B1 bezel bezel.

£10,500


Case

Steel case St 105.003-65 with straight lugs, screw back, pre NASA dedication with Hippocampus with convex Omega plexiglass.

Dial

Black step tritium dial tritium filled hour minute and seconds hand, warm colour to the dial hands and bezel

Movement

Omega Cal 321 jewelled lever chronograph based on the Lemania platform.

Comparative Literature

Moon Watch Only 60 years of Omega Speedmaster by Gregoire Rossier and Anthony Marquie

Escapement

Jewelled lever

Condition

Good all round condition fading to the dial hands and lume very good example. Supplied with Nato strap Omega Speedmaster box and Omega booklet 12 months mechanical guarantee.

Manual wind pre moon Omega Speedmaster with the iconic reference 321 calibre movement. This bezel known as the B1 was used by Omega from 1961 – 1970.

The case design with straight lugs and early reference give this watch the nick name  Ed White. He had been wearing this model during his space walk lasting some 22 minutes on June 3rd 1965 as part of Gemini 4. He was the first American astronaut to carry out a an EVA in space and found the walk so exhilarating that he stayed longer than necessary and had to be ordered back to the space craft.

Ed never reached the moon as sadly he died 2 years later together with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee. An electrical fault caused a fire inside the capsule during their prelaunch testing of the first manned Apollo mission at Cape Canaveral. The fire crews were unable to reach them in time. Ed White was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his 1965 space walk and the Congressional Space Medal of honour

Stock number: A9197

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Manual wind pre moon Omega Speedmaster with the iconic reference 321 calibre movement. This bezel known as the B1 was used by Omega from 1961 – 1970.

The case design with straight lugs and early reference give this watch the nick name  Ed White. He had been wearing this model during his space walk lasting some 22 minutes on June 3rd 1965 as part of Gemini 4. He was the first American astronaut to carry out a an EVA in space and found the walk so exhilarating that he stayed longer than necessary and had to be ordered back to the space craft.

Ed never reached the moon as sadly he died 2 years later together with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee. An electrical fault caused a fire inside the capsule during their prelaunch testing of the first manned Apollo mission at Cape Canaveral. The fire crews were unable to reach them in time. Ed White was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his 1965 space walk and the Congressional Space Medal of honour

Additional information

Dimensions 5827373 cm