What’s cooler than a gold Speedmaster Apollo XI from 1969? One that is complete with box and papers! The gold Speedmaster Apollo XI BA145.022-69 was one of the primary uncommon Speedmaster watches that I went over when I just began to become a Speedmaster gatherer. In a beginning phase, I was acquainted with a neighborhood watchmaker and Omega authority, who ended up having one (and still has). It established a tremendous connection with me, and it never neglected to do as such from that point on. Truth be told, I think it is perhaps the most wonderful Omega looks out there. Gold isn’t for everybody, and a few perfectionists may ask why I don’t favor a pleasant CK2915 or CK2998, yet to me, this BA145.022 is simply magic.

Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 BA145.022

I put in a couple of days in Geneva as of late, to go to the watch closeout viewings along with Sacha and Roy Davidoff. One of the watches that I loved best was this Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 BA145.022-69 that was really not up for sale, but rather offered through a private deal that end of the week. In a different presentation, Phillips showed a couple of watches that could be ‘just’ purchased. The gold Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 was one of them. There was additionally a Speedmaster BA145.022-69 up for sale that end of the week, which got CHF68,750.- Swiss Francs (parcel 34).

Different BA145.022 Case Backs

We covered this gold Speedmaster so often here on Fratello, that I don’t have the foggiest idea where to begin alluding to those articles. On the off chance that you are inexperienced with this reference, make a point to at any rate peruse this  (astronaut Wally Schirra’s watch) and this  (a later article on an early BA145.022) article about it.

Interestingly, this BA145.022-69 Apollo XI that was offered secretly (and sold) has an exceptionally low number (#82). As you presumably know at this point, Omega created 1014 bits of this gold Speedmaster Professional somewhere in the range of 1969 and 1973. The vast majority of these watches that you will see have the later case back, with the red veneer filled etching. There are essentially three distinctive case backs for this model, where one was explicitly for the space explorers (and individuals from the White House) and the other two for the market. The initial ones for the market weren’t loaded up with red polish and had a better etching than the later ones.

An early BA145.022 case back

A later case back with red finish fill

President Nixon’s BA145.022

Caliber 861

The development inside this gold Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 is indistinguishable from the one in the steel 145.022-69 from that time, the Lémania based type 861. This development was presented in 1968 and supplanted the section wheel chronograph type 321 development. Somewhat refreshed throughout the long term, the type 861 (presently 1861) is as yet utilized by Omega and by different brands (utilizing the Lémania base type 1873).

Gold Dial And Burgundy Bezel

On the dial side, you can perceive a previous variant by the typography of the “Omega” name. The “O” is oval on these first watches, rather than round. All models have the burgundy bezel with Dot-Over-Ninety. A portion of the Speedmaster Apollo XI BA145.022-69 watches you will see have a gold bezel with dark decorate, which demonstrates that the first one has been supplanted. Tragically, Omega didn’t have them as extra parts, or possibly insufficient, so they utilized the bezel of the later 1980 Speedmaster Apollo XI BA345.0802. Bringing about the way that those bezels likewise left stock (thank you, mine could require a new one). The strong gold dial (showed by OM, ‘Or Massif’, printed close to ‘Swiss Made’) with its thick square Onyx markers looks truly rich and unquestionably underlines the period when this watch was produced.

Mail From Zbinden

The gold Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 watch you see here was sold on August 24th in 1970. It most likely methods it has been laying around for a couple of months, with a number this low. As indicated by its heritage, the watch sold by Swiss retailer Zbinden to an individual in Chile and neglected to take his booklet with him. As you can see the retailer sent it two days after the buy to Chile, with a business card too. Additionally intriguing to note is the blue Omega handout that accompanied the watch, one that I never have seen (I didn’t take any detail pictures of it however). still exists today and is an authority seller of Omega and a lot more brands. On the guarantee booklet, you can locate the chronic number of the watch, yet in addition the reference number BA345.022. A significant uncommon sign of the reference number for this watch, however at times, Omega utilized a ‘3’ rather than a ‘1’ to demonstrate it accompanied a (gold) metal wristband rather than a cowhide strap.

BA145.022 Crater Box

Last however not least, this 18-carat yellow gold Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 comes with the first pit box. Some steel forms at the opportunity likewise arrived with a cavity box, however those pits were printed. For the yellow gold version, the hole box was finished. It would be something that you could see Omega doing today, with their cases for uncommon and restricted versions. It is actually very exceptional. A large number of these old boxes have missing supplements or embeds that come free (the paste presumably doesn’t hold that long), yet this one is really good.

The asking cost for this Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 1969 BA145.022 was CHF 140,000 Swiss Francs. We’ve been educated that this watch has been sold by Phillips during the bartering end of the week in Geneva.