CAMBRIDGE, U.K. – An Omega Speedmaster Ref 105.003 estimated at £6,000-£8,000 appears in the Jewellery, Silver & Watches auction at Cheffins on Monday, August 17. Made around 1967, the so-called ‘Pre Moon’ watch comes in its original red and gold tooled case with a booklet, a card dated 15/7/69 and the original warranty certificate from the retailer. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 105.003 and prior issues are known to collectors as ‘Pre-Moon’ Speedmasters as their manufacture predates the Moon landings. This model was later given the nickname the ‘Ed White’ as he wore one, strapped to the outside of the left-side sleeve of his G4C space suit, when completing the first space walk by an American on June 3, 1965. It was the first time a Speedy had been exposed to the vacuum of space and it kept good time.
The watch was issued between 1963-69 although the majority were made in 1965, before the 145.012 model was introduced and chosen by NASA to accompany the Apollo 11 mission to put the first man on the Moon.
1967 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Ref 105.003, shown with its original box and paperwork, estimated at £6,000-£8,000.
Additional lots from the Jewellery, Silver & Watches auction at Cheffins on August 17 include:
An Art Deco diamond and platinum brooch with old mine and single-cut stones, estimated at £1,500-£2,500.
A pair of Victorian cast silver novelty owl salt and pepper shakers, with the mark of Hawksworth, Eyre & Company Ltd., Sheffield 1899, estimated at £600-£800.
A Victorian silver novelty vinaigrette in the form of a book, bearing the mark of Edward Smith, Birmingham 1846, estimated at £200-£400.
A set of four early 20th-century silver and enamel menu holders with the mark of Sampson Mordan & Company, Chester 1904, estimated at £800-£1,200.
A circa-2012 steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 wristwatch, model number 115200, estimated at £2,000-£4,000.
The current rate of exchange is £1 = $1.27.
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