1976 Omega Speedmaster Mk3 Automatic Chronograph Model 176.002 with Stunning Electric Blue Dial in Stainless Steel on Bracelet
Product Code: AWCOM6002
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This Omega Speedmaster is particularly special as it was the first self-winding Speedmaster.
"After six landings on the moon, there was only one thing we could teach the Speedmaster. To wind itself"
The Speedmaster Professional Mk111 was used by the Russian cosmonauts Gennadi in 1974 (Soyuz 15 mission) and Viktor Gorbatko in 1977 (Soyuz 24 mission).
It's electric blue dial features the date and 24hr register, on the 60 minute recorder subsidiary dial at 9 o'clock, a subsidiary dial and a 12 hour recorder. The hour, minute, chronograph seconds and minute indicator all sit on the central pinion, with the tachymeter inner the bezel. This is by no means a delicate watch and sits almost an inch off the wrist and has a 3mm thick crystal. A solid block of stainless steel on original steel Omega bracelt with the masterpiece Omega 1040 caliber, also used in the Omega Speedmaster Anniversary 125 model and lemania based.
Founded by Louis Brandt in 1848, Omega started out as La Generale Watch Co., an unassuming, but international business. It wasn't until 1885, when the company had been taken over by Louis' sons, that the first mass-produced caliber, the Labrador, was released. By 1903, the company had renamed itself Omega and only two years later were they the official timekeepers at many sporting events across Switzerland. Omega stepped onto an international stage in 1932 as the official timekeepers at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the first of over 20 Olympic Games. Omega were one of the 12 companies, now known as the Dirty Dozen, commissioned to produce watches for the British Military during the Second World War. One of Omega's most iconic watches, the Seamaster, was introduced in 1948 to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Over 70 years later, it is still one of Omega's best selling watches. Omega made headlines in 1962 when Wally Schirra wore the Speedmaster as part of NASA's first crewed spaceflight programme, making the Speedmaster the first watch to enter space. It was only a few years before the Speedmaster became the official chronograph for the American space missions and was worn by Buzz Aldrin as well as the Apollo 13 crew. Omega are still involved with NASA and have been instrumental in creating vital pieces of equipment for space exploration. Omega's reputation continued to soar in the 1990s with Omega Seamaster worn by Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. As well as post-1995 James Bonds, Omega has been worn by the likes of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Prince William, Rory McIlroy, Ringo Starr, Michael Phelps, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney.
Chronographs have often had historical significance, timing and calculating some of the world's most important events, and one watch that always comes to mind when discussing these notable occasions is the Omega Speedmaster, as it was the first watch to be worn on the moon (it was actually the watch of choice for all six lunar missions), and it's from here that it has, rightly, earned its nickname of 'the Moon Watch.'
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
Not only is the Speedmaster one of Omega's most iconic timepieces, but it is arguably the most iconic chronograph. And, not only is it in great condition, but its also has historical value. We feel silly not keeping it for ourselves! Join the #speedytuesday club
Age : 1971-1981
Specific Age : 1976
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 16mm
Lug to Lug : 52mm
Lugs : 22mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : Our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
Brand : Omega
SKU : AWCOM6002
Case Size : 40mm