The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.
Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261
30 Omega Iconic and Important, Speedmaster, Chronograph Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Champagne Dial, Tachymetric Black Bezel, Reference 345.0802
Estimate: € 20,000 – 40,000
Sold € 33,800
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Case N°: A260
Movement N°: 45540821
Dimensions: 42 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Omega boasts a vast history of production of absolute level timepieces: precise and elegant, its models have often been synonymous with reliability and efficiency. It is no coincidence, therefore, that NASA after numerous and complex tests to assess the quality of the object, decided to rely on the Omega Speedmaster in view of the mission that would lead Neil Armstrong to the moon. From that moment on, the Speedmaster probably became the most iconic watch to come out of Omega factories and many commemorative reissues were produced over the coming years. This very attractive yellow-gold Speedmaster is part of a limited edition created between 1980 and 1988 approximately, paying tribute to the flight qualification which NASA granted once again to the Speedmaster in 1978. Probably, 300 were made in yellow gold going by the reference BA 345.0802. It was the first Speedmaster with a sapphire crystal case back. The very cool example in yellow gold here offered has been nicely preserved for all its life, this watch still has its original yellow-gold bracelet and bezel calibrated to 500 units. The champagne dial is intact and it bears the attributes of the first of 2 series, distinguishable thanks to the “SWISS MADE” script being located below the minute track at 6 o’clock. This watch is the number 260 and retains an exceptional and original condition that should certainly appeal to any well-established collector.