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Speedy Tuesday - Numbered Gold Speedmasters As Tribute For the Renewed Flight Qualification For that Space ShuttleBecoming a kid inside 1980s, I could vividly remember the early Takes space shuttle missions. Because one of many astronauts on board from the 1985 mission was fellow Dutchman Wubbo Ockels, that it was quite well covered in the news right here at the time. Along with schools, there was clearly many attention on these flights. So besides using my Transformers, I absorbed everything that had to do with the Space Shuttle flights right at that moment. Little did I'm sure about replica watches, not to mention the role in the Speedmaster. Quite a while later, when I was 12 years old approximately, my dad informed me that Omega (he wore a Constellation along with a Geneve at that time) was the very first watch worn around the Moon. This didn't really mean much if you ask me right at that moment, yet Going even where we were whilst said. In October 1999, I bought my first Speedmaster, like a 22 y/o student within the Hague. I spent time and effort reading about the watch, but there wasn't much in existence on the subject yet. Precisely what was available, discovered to never be correct as you may know today . The full story about how the Speedmaster was crowned the Moonwatch, verified by Omega (who's entry to NASA archives), may be read in the print magazine that people published last year. You may download a (digital) copy here.56 Pieces For NASA - Alaska Project IIIYou may believe that cooperation between Omega and NASA stopped following the Apollo program. However that is not the case. The truth is, the Moonwatch was re-qualified (not certified!) for that Space Shuttle missions in 1978. After having a tender plus some rigid testing procedures, the Omega Speedmaster Professional was chosen again for all those manned space flights.When NASA certified the Speedmaster again for that Toyota tows missions, they ordered 56 pieces, of which we've found one inch days gone by (in this particular article of 2012). These replica watches were slightly totally different from the normal caliber 861 Speedmaster Professional (145.022) models, as they had a radial dial (we dive to the radial dials in this article). These models were lace front wigs created in the Alaska III project code name. We explained in a previous article about the Alaska projects, that have been produced by Omega for NASA purposes. The Alaska III which consists of radial dial has inspired us (and Omega) in 2017 to generate the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday exclusive edition, added which has a reverse panda colour selection.Now, cheap replica watches it is very hard to buy one of such radial dial models, as they were officially created for NASA. A normal Speedmaster Professional reference 145.022/145.0022 continued in the 1980s and then on received a brand new reference number due to another coding system that Omega started to use (3590.50). The Speedmaster Professional was (whilst still being is today) the only watch qualified for use during EVA by astronauts."EVA is a regularly used acronym for Extravehicular Activity, which describes any action which is why a crewmember must head outdoors the protected "shirtsleeve" environment of the orbiter's crew cabin." - NASA.Aside from the Speedmaster Professional 'Moonwatch' with hand-wound caliber, astronauts also demanded a watch with an increase of functionality to use onboard the spacecraft. In 1998, a digital Omega Speedmaster Professional X-33 was obviously a fact. Right now, these replica watches are still being utilised by astronauts. The X-33 ('Skywalker') today will be the 3rd generation and has new functions, developed with all the input from ESA (European Space Agency) astronauts.Gold Speedmasters - Reference 345.0802Back to 1980. As year, Omega introduced two gold Speedmasters. A yellow gold Speedmaster plus a white gold Speedmaster. Exact numbers aren't confirmed, but assumed is the fact that around 300 these replica watches altogether. 20 in white gold and approximately 300 in platnium.Precisely what has this with regards to the area Shuttle missions? Well, for quite some time, it was assumed that - as a result of Apollo XI 1969 engraving on the back - these gold Speedmasters were a follow-up of the gold 1969 Speedmaster Professional BA145.022 with all the burgundy bezel. That could are making sense if it watch was introduced in 1979 and turn into the 10th-anniversary model. Nevertheless they weren't.It was not until 2016 that individuals bumped into this white gold or platinum Speedmaster Professional BC345.0802 with box and papers. Reading the certificate of authenticity that came with the watch, gone away some mystery around these gold Speedmasters from 1980. The German text for the black certificate clearly reads which the renewed 'Flight Qualification' by NASA to the Speedmaster was the true reason for Omega to create this limited and numbered edition in the Speedmaster Professional in 18-carat gold.To your best knowledge, this can be the only Speedmaster that we believe of this is linked to the Takes space shuttle (recertification) in addition to the 56 Alaska III project pieces, that were clearly not for your public.After we sat down with Omega at BaselWorld 2016, I actually asked among their personnel whether this would be the year of the 35th anniversary in the first Takes space shuttle mission (first mission was at 1981, April 12th). The response was there wasn't likely to be one for sure. Evidently the Space Shuttle missions do not meet with one's imagination as being the Apollo missions did, perhaps. At that time, I wasn't alert to the truth that these gold Speedmasters were in reality coupled to the Toyota tows missions.Space Shuttle ColumbiaA month or two later, in June, I noticed a gold Speedmaster Professional BA345.0802 available for purchase, complete with box and papers. Apart from the official paperwork (warranty booklets) and the box, tag heuer aquaracer band watches there were additionally a letter by Omega, published by General Thomas P. Stafford who had previously been chairman of the board at Omega in days gone by, regarding the Omega and NASA connection. Furthermore, the package contained a photo with the Space Shuttle Columbia and booklet or sleeve while using Columbia STS-1 mission patch with astronaut names Young and Crippen on the. Then, I believed it was very worthwhile to discover this entire package, however it wasn't really proof this was an innovative package as brought to absolutely free themes of those gold Speedmasters. It may have already been something 'curated' because of the seller of this watch.Image (c) by Herbert MayerComplete White gold or platinum Speedmaster PackageThe real evidence that Omega produced the white and yellow gold Speedmasters in 1980 being a tribute for the recertification for the Space Shuttle missions is with the white gold or platinum model that individuals come across. Supposedly only 20 pieces were made on this watch, all with the German market. Of the approximately 300 pieces in 18-carat platnium, about half turn out to be to the German market. Our photographer Bert and myself, we both possess a platnium 345.0802 Speedmaster Professional with relatively low numbers, both were delivered inside same week to Germany following 1980.The white gold Speedmaster Professional BC345.0802 we come across here has the original box (only useful for this specific model with regards to we all know) along with a black certification of authenticity, the german language. It tells the tale with the Speedmaster and NASA, all the way back in 1965. It ends with describing this 18-carat gold Speedmaster Professional with its sapphire caseback and visual chronograph movement like a valuable reminder of their history in addition to its future (using the Space Shuttle). Thomas Stafford's Gold SpeedmasterAn interesting note is in all likelihood that astronaut General Thomas P. Stafford, who wore the 1969 gold edition in the Speedmaster Professional up to speed with the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975, even offers this 1980s type of the gold Speedmaster Professional BA345.0802. I spoke with him about this in 2014, anf the husband didn't exactly recall as he received it, but it really was somewhere throughout the 1980s. At a later date, in 2015, I met him again when i was wearing the exact same gold Speedmaster Professional BA345.0802, anf the husband recognized becoming precisely the same model they have (at that time, he was wearing the meteorite Apollo-Soyuz limited edition Speedmaster). As written earlier, he served as chairman on the board for Omega Watch Corp inside the 1980s.White Gold Speedmaster BC345.0802Of these gold Speedmasters in the 1980s (these were in production - or perhaps in the catalogue - between 1980 and 1988), the white gold version is the rarest with merely about 20 pieces. According to the book Moonwatch Only, it absolutely was accessible with a leather strap and with a white gold or platinum bracelet. The main one we have now we have found with all the white gold bracelet, which definitely adds a punch to it.Specification wise, this watch is strictly identical to the gold edition. What this means is these people have a hand-wound caliber 861L movement. The L stands for "Luxe" and is the finish of the movement (rhodium plated) and 19 jewels instead of 17 jewels with the standard 861. In truth, the movement is like as well as later caliber 1861, introduced in 1997 (whilst still being being used).The caseback from the watch includes a sapphire crystal, that permits the property owner to possess a glance at the movement. Also, the caseback is not the usual screw-down type, however a snap-on. This white gold or platinum BC345.0802 was the 1st white gold or platinum Speedmaster, ever.Also, what's imperative that you know is the fact that these replica watches can be a numbered edition, beginning from a b-(xxx). However, there won't be any Bs or Cs. Unlike I earlier stated, the white gold replica watches focus on 1 and thus will the platnium version. They are separately numbered editions. Although book Moonwatch Only states that this white gold watch was sold to your German market until February 1981, I've got a 1984 catalogue that still has this model pictured inside. However, it seems sensible that this watch was sold-out faster than the many 300 platnium replica watches.Original box from the gold Speedmaster Pro reference 345.0802Some ThoughtsThe cool aspect of Speedmasters is that we keep on learning and discovering new details about them. This commemorative edition in gold for your achievements in the Speedmaster Professional together with the Apollo program plus the (then) upcoming adventure with all the Space Shuttle looks like a bridge between your 1960s along with the 19980s. It's much rarer as opposed to Speedmaster Professional BA145.022 Apollo XI that has a burgundy red bezel from 1969, yet it gets less recognition. Perhaps since the 1969 gold edition incorporates a clearer link to the astronauts (as the majority of the Apollo astronauts received one, or perhaps were offered one) and in some cases with the US President right at that moment.AvailabilityThe platnium edition has been offered occasionally, but nonetheless it is just a rare watch. It occurs to me that it may be offered more in the last several years personal computer is at the years before. Perhaps since this version has become talked about a little more in recent times. The white gold version is just as rare as hen's teeth, replica breitling orbiter watches especially a complete set much like the no. A004 which is featured in this posting. Developing a full set with box and papers (and in this case, all service papers!) definitely adds value for the package (and story).A big thank you to Roy and Sacha Davidoff for letting us photograph the rare white gold Speedmaster Professional BC345.0802, which belonged for them or can still belong to them. The yellow gold BA345.0802 pictured in the article is my very own.Speedmaster 345.0802 Gallery Original box of the gold Speedmaster Pro reference 345.0802 *This article was initially published on December 20th, 2016. The text continues to be updated/photos have been added or changed since that time.