OMEGA, FLIGHTMASTER, FIRST GENERATION, PRE PRODUCTION, TROPICAL REGISTERS, « WIDE SPACE SWISS »
ICONEEK price: 7'900.- CHF
Iconeek is very proud to introduce here a superb, rare and originally preserved, stainless steel dual time zone pilot's chronograph wristwatch with tropical dial and bracelet: the Flightmaster Omega, first Generation, from September 10, 1969, with tropical registers. Ref. 145.013, such as the present watch, was produced from 1969 to 1971. Omega's celebrated "Speedmaster", launched in 1969, is unquestionably one of the firm's most popular models ever made, however in the same year, another iconic watch was born: the "Flightmaster", a manually wound dual time chronograph, designed as the ultimate pilot's watch of the time. Reference 145.013, Flightmaster, first generation with caliber 910, was introduced for pilots in 1969, the dial was fitted with a two-tone 24-hour indication at 9 instead of the running seconds counter. Dials were made by Singer. The second generation, Ref. ST. 145.026 was launched in 1971 and fitted with revisited cal. 911and modified case. The second generation is set with a constant second at 9, instead of the 24-hour. The Flightmaster is regarded as one of the finest pilots watches ever made. The present watch belongs to the very first year of production.
Moreover in the beginning of the production, a « wide Swiss Made » dial was used, such as the present watch. With a closer look to the bottom of the dial, we can notice a large gap or space between « swiss » and « made ». These dials were fitted, in fact, on Flightmaster models with serial numbers between 29.130.000 and 29.130.150, the present watch with movement number 29.130.112 belongs to this batch. These dials have no luminous dots at 12, no serif writing on the 24-hour register, tritium indexes, luminous dots at 3,6,9, wide white « t swiss made t ». Often changed during servicing, these original early dials are extremely rare to find on the market. These early dials are considered as pre-production ones and according to scholars only 150 pieces were delivered with such a dial!. It can be considered as the rarest version as even the gold Flightmaster were produced in 200 examples.
Under the mineral slightly domed glass, this early original and attractive four-tone grey dial comes with three subsidiary tropical brown colored dials for the 24-hour indication at 9 with green zone, the 30-minute register at 3, the 12-hour register at 12, orange chronograph hands, luminous white Baton hands, outer fifths of a second white division, orange chronograph hand, bright blue luminous hand for second time zone, outermost black revolving ring bearing the decompression time. Over the years, the dial has very nicely patinated and took that highly attractive brown Tropical color inside the registers.
Inside ticks a caliber 910, mechanical movement, manual winding, copper colored, straight line lever escapement, shock absorbers, monometallic 4-arm balance, self-compensating flat blued steel balance spring, index regulator, 17 jewels. The present model is fitted with a first generation cal. 910 (1969-1970), that belongs to serial no. between 29.130.000 and 29.138.XXX, in total accordance with date of delivery of the present watch, in fact, September 1969 to Switzerland.
The present model comes with a large tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back with engraved airplane symbol, round chronograph buttons, and three crowns, one for winding and setting time, the two others in the left band to adjust the decompression time and set the second time zone. The main case is a type 1, early production, with a thinner profile than the later ones.
The inside case back is engraved « DDE BR 2750/67 ». Trained collectors will notice that the case back is engraved with the number of the demand / the year for the patent of the system. Raison why the present case back is engraved 2750 / 67, it stands for Demand no. 2750 (for the patent n0. 487 449) in the year 1967. The patent was asked on February 24th, 1967 and finally delivered on March 15th, 1970. Patent CH487449 was delivered for a new kind of water-resistant case where the o-ring seal is compressed between the glass and a groove inside the main case.
The present watch comes with a stainless steel Omega bracelet, Ref 1170, with deployant clasp. The size between the lugs is 22 mm. The steel bracelet is removable, in order to wear it on a Nato strap for example. Dial, case and movement are signed. The present watch is described and illustrated in Flightmaster Only by Grégoire Rossier & Anthony Marquié, pages 184 & 185, Watchprint edition
Find a Flightmaster is not a big deal… find such a Flightmaster, a stunning tropical, early and rare example, is a very rare opportunity !!
Condition: 8.5/10, in very good and original overall condition, a rare watch.
Model: Flightmaster, First Generation, Professional Version
Material: stainless steel
Movement no: 29130112
Case no.: -
Dial: four-tone, grey with tropical brown registers, orange chronograph hands, luminous hands
Movement: cal. 910, pink color, 17 jewels, hand wound, mechanical
Bracelet: stainless steel, Ref. 1170, with deployant clasp
Functions: chronograph, second time zone, 24-hour indication
Water-resistant: no more.
Dimensions: 42.90 x 32.30 mm diam, thickness 15.10 mm.
Ref. ICO: 99-19-017C