SPEEDMASTER 20 YEARS FLIGHT QUALIFIED FOR SPACE

Ref. ST 345.0808

(1985-1988)

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.

6 good reasons that make this model highly collectable

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Numbered series of 1'000 watches

This model is part of a numbered series but with no limit shown.
One thousand of these watches were made with movement numbers from 48.169.000 to 48.169.999.

Display back

The display-back bezel has the following inscriptions: FIRST WATCH – WORN ON – THE MOON – xxxx – SPEEDMASTER (xxxx being the four-figure number). A variant of the bezel is inscribed with an additional APOLLO XI.

Caliber 863 copper-colored

This little-known model is actually the only one with the beautiful copper-colored caliber 863 movement.

Numbered in two places

Interestingly this is a unique case of having its individual number engraved on the caseband between the lugs at 12 o’clock, as well as on the display-back bezel.

1447/805 steel bracelet

The 1447/805 steel bracelet with solid end-links is specific to this model and to the ST 345.0809 Speedymoon model.

The fab 80s trilogy

Together with the extremely sought-after Holy Grail and Speedymoon models, it represents the fabulous and particularly rare Speedmaster trilogy of the 80s.

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