Omega Flightmaster Chronograph GMT - Ref. 145.036 Cal. 911 - c.1971.
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Vintage Omega Flightmaster Chronograph GMT Watch with Yellow Hands - Ref. 145.036 - c.1971.
See our blog piece on these watches here.
This chunky Omega Flightmaster gents vintage wristwatch (model reference no. 145.036 dates to, c.1971) has a charcoal grey dial with eye catching yellow hands (a version with red hands was also made, and the Omega Museum in Switzerland list a pair of 145.036 in their collection, one from 1971 and the other from 1972.) First produced in 1969, The Flightmaster was Omega's first Chronograph GMT and came at the height of global interest in aviation as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin successfully completed moonwalks during the Apollo 11 mission. This was a watch worn on official NASA/Soyuz missions, with American Astronauts and Russian Cosmonauts relying on their accuracy and functionality in the harshest of conditions. It has also been reported that most senior crew members aboard the British Airways Concorde fleet wore this watch (source).
There were three versions (and consequently model reference numbers) of the Flightmaster: the 145.013, which was produced with a caliber 910 movement, a domed glass, and a green and black day/night indicator at the 9:00 sub-register. The later iterations of the Flightmaster bore references 145.026 and 145.036 (the watch pictured here) and housed the 911 movement, along with a slightly prouder case than the slightly slimmer fit145.013. We're currently (July 2020) lucky enough to be in possession of all 3 versions!
The main dial is a standard chronograph with three sub dials displaying constant seconds and registers for recording minutes and hours. The elegantly curved, stainless steel case has colour coded crowns to the left side for adjusting the secondary hour hand along with rotating the inner bezel which can also be used to measure time elapsed by lining the triangular marker up with either the minute or either one of the hour hands.
The Flightmaster also has a 12-hour GMT complication, with the hand moving independently and set through the auxiliary crown, located at 10 o’clock on the case.
The case back features a crisply engraved DC-8 super 61 Jet aeroplane along with the word ‘Flightmaster’ and the instantly recognisable Omega symbol.
Despite its substantial size and robust appearance, the Omega Flightmaster Chronograph GMT is extremely comfortable to wear, due to the ergonomics of the case, a style that Omega refers to as the ‘pilot line.’ Cut from a single block of Swedish stainless steel, the upper case was pressed and tempered sixteen times before assuming its unique elliptical shape, designed to fit the contours of the wrist like a second skin. This being one of the later versions of the Flightmaster, its case sits slightly prouder on the wrist than the original 145.013.
The watch has a fully functional hand wound movement, powered by a calibre 911 movement, with 17 jewels.
What’s on offer:
This piece has no original box or papers but will be supplied in a Vintage Watch Specialist leather pouch, as per our photos.
The watch is an honest example of the model, with original Omega unpolished case (sharp edges and crisp sunburst finish).
Case: Stainless steel.
Crown: Signed Omega
Dial: Charcoal grey.
Crystal: Mineral glass.
Bracelet: Omega 1162 steel link and no. 172 end pieces.
Winding: Manually wound.
Movement type: Mechanical.
Waterproof: 6 atmospheres when new.
Power reserve: 44 hours
Condition: Excellent overall condition.
Model Reference Number: 145.036
Date of issue: 1971.
Supplied with a 12-month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee.
Lug width: 22 mm.
Lug height (lug to lug): 52mmWrist size: Adjustable.