Omega Speedmaster 'Ed White' 1965 Ref. 105.003 with Papers
Few wristwatches enjoy a legacy like Omega’s Speedmaster. Its time on the wrists of Apollo 11’s crew during the first mission to the moon in 1969 cemented the now legendary ‘Speedy’ as one of history’s most beloved chronographs. Hand-picked by NASA for its functional prowess and durability in an airless environment, the Speedmaster rapidly transcended from an aerospace tool to a design classic. The Speedmaster remains a staple of Omega’s catalogue in 2020 - one of the many great sports chronographs of the ‘60s and ‘70s to dictate designs in the current watch market.
Before NASA's voyage to the moon, the Cal 321 Speedmaster accompanied US astronaut Ed White in the first ever spacewalk. The Speedmaster Ref. 105.003 accompanied White on his wrist as he floated outside the spacecraft for 20 minutes.
This reference, referred to as the 'Ed White Speedmaster' was produced for a relatively short period of time from 1963 to 1969. Most examples, such as this one, were made in 1965. Among the list of 'Pre Moon' Speedmasters, this version remains the most sought after by collectors.
The impressive array of original paperwork accompanying this example make it all the more desirable. All bills of sale, instruction leaflets and guarantees make this watch a true time capsule from an incredible period in the Speedmaster's history. This example, sold in 1970, was held in stock for 5 years since its manufacture date. A truly incredible watch with huge potential for investment.
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