Ref. ST 345.0808
The first stainless steel OMEGA Speedmaster with display back was initially delivered to the German and Austrian markets in the fall of 1985.
It came in a rectangular green Speedmaster box accompanied by a certificate in German explaining that it was a commemorative model for the 20th anniversary of NASA’s certification of the Speedmaster in 1965.
From 1986, it was sold to other markets but without a special box or certificate.
This model is part of a numbered series but with no limit shown. The four-figure number is engraved on the display-back bezel and, uniquely for a Speedmaster, between the lugs at 12 o’clock.
The display-back bezel has the following inscriptions (xxxx being the four-figure number):
FIRST WATCH – WORN ON – THE MOON – xxxx – SPEEDMASTER
A variant of this caseback has the “APOLLO XI” inscription.
One thousand of these watches were made with movement numbers from 48.169.000 to 48.169.999.
The vast majority was fitted with the 1447/805 steel bracelet (late production models could have been fitted with the 1450/808) and given the reference ST 345.0808, except for about 40 watches that were delivered to Mexico on leather straps and which have the reference ST 145.0808.