The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Chronograph has a unique place in the history of space exploration as the only piece of equipment to have been used in all of NASA’s manned space missions from Gemini in the mid-1960s to the current International Space Station program. And, in 1969, when astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface - the second human being ever to do so - he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional. From that moment on, the timepiece became known as The Moonwatch, the first watch worn on the Moon. First introduced in 1966 and made for many years in varying configurations, Omega was unaware that NASA had selected the "Speedmaster" for their space mission until one was spotted on the wrist of Edward White during his Gemini IV space walk. In later years Omega discovered that the "Speedmaster" had qualified for all manned space missions at which point the "First Watch Worn on the Moon" inscription was added. This particular watch is an "Omega Speedmaster Pro Mark III" circa 1972 which is one of the later iterations of the Speedmaster Professional. Omega used a 22 jewel, caliber 1040 movement in this watch that is an automatic. The movement was based on Lemania’s caliber 1340. Later on, Omega did a chronometer certification for this movement as well and labeled it as caliber 1041. The Speedmaster Mark III is certainly not for the faint-hearted, as it is a very large and heavy chronograph that really makes an impression. The case shape is referred to as the "Darth Vader" because of similarities in its profile. We think that this watch will garner stares and questions whenever you wear it. The two subsidiary dials show constant seconds, elapsed hours, and a twenty-four hour indicator (for military time) in combination with the constant seconds dial. Elapsed minutes are shown on a separate hand that is centrally mounted and it has a distinctive airplane wing-like cross member that indicates the elapsed minutes on the chapter ring, and, finally a date window in the 3 o'clock position. What else could you want? The watch measures 41mm in diameter, by 52mm lug-to-lug, by 16mm in thickness (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter). The dial, case and movement are all properly signed and it has its original stainless steel bracelet to boot. Talk about a like-new great looking workhorse-of-a-chronograph...this is it! It is one of the nicest Professional Mark III, Automatic, Speedmasters we have ever had...don't miss it!
The stainless steel case and stainless steel band are in excellent condition - as the pictures reveal. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty so that you may buy with confidence!