A Stunning Tropical Dial - Omega Flightmaster Chronograph GMT - Model Ref: 145.026 - Cal. 911 - c.1971
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A Much Sought After Vintage Omega Flightmaster Chronograph with GMT Function with the Added Beauty of the Stylish Tropical Chocolate Sub-Dials -Ref. 145.026 Caliber 911- c.1971.
This substantial vintage Omega Flightmaster wristwatch (model 145.026 dates to c.1971) encompasses a truly unique tropicalised taupe dial with vivid orange and blue chronograph/GMT hands. Additionally, the chronograph sub dials complement the main dial perfectly with a beautifully rich chocolate hue.
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 crewmembers aboard the British Airways Concorde fleet wore this watch.
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 boasts crowns to the left side for adjusting the secondary hour hand, along with rotating the inner bezel.
The bezel 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 watch 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 Flightmaster Chronograph 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.
What’s on offer:
This watch is in remarkable condition, showing only minor markings on the case and back. Its previous owner has clearly cared it for very well since it was produced in 1971.
This also borne out by the fact it still retains its original sunburst brushing to the case top, suggesting the watch case has never been polished since production.
This watch is supplied with a stylish Vintage Watch Specialist leather pouch, as per our photos and has just had a new dark chocolate brown leather strap attached with polished pin buckle.
The watch is an all original and honest example of the model, with the original Omega unpolished case (sharp edges and crisp sunburst finish.)
See our blog piece on these watches here.
Case: Stainless steel
Crown: Signed Omega
Crystal: Mineral glass
Bracelet: Brown leather
Winding: Manually wound
Movement type: Mechanical
Waterproof: When new
Power reserve: 44 hours
Condition: Excellent overall condition 8.5/10
Model Reference Number: 145.026
Date of issue: c.1971.
12 month Vintage Watch Specialist guarantee.
Lug width: 22 mm.
Lug height (lug to lug): 52mm
Wrist size: Adjustable