Up for grabs is an excellent example of an Omega Speedmaster, of the so-called “Pre-Moon” models, Reference 145.022-69, circa 1969, with a correct serial range for this reference. The -69 is the last of the Pre-Moons (before the Moon launch), and the first Speedmaster with a painted Omega logo. In addition, a very small sampling of these late 60s Pre-Moon dials — usually within the 145.022-69 production run — have aged to a nice brown or “tropical” color, as is the case with the watch offered here.
This Omega Speedmaster is in excellent vintage condition. The case is unpolished, with original beveled edges, and still very sharp. The dial is beautiful, with no scratches or marks, and has aged to a nice “tropical” brown color. The original tritium lume is still present in both hands and dial, aged to a nice yellow color. The original crystal is still present, signed with the Omega logo in the center. Further, the original and correct “DON” (Dot Over Ninety) bezel is in good condition, with only light wear visible. Lastly, the watch comes fitted on an original Omega 1039 folded-link bracelet, dated to 1970, with 516 endlinks. The bracelet will fit an approximate 6.75″ wrist, and has very light stretch.