OMEGA FLIGHTMASTER 145.026 UNPOLISHED 911 YELLOW HANDS CHOCOLATE DIAL 1970'S 861Omega
For auction is an Omega flightmaster 145.026 with the cal 911 from the early 1970's. Omega Introduced the flightmaster in 1969 as their effort to build their first ever pilot's chronograph. People love the flightmaster for its funky volcano shaped case, its complex dial and its durable 861-based movement, which has an extra independently adjustable hour hand. The key to buying a great flightmaster is in the case. If it is polished in any way, the case lines and the sunburst finish get ruined and the watch is worthless. This particular flightmaster has been used, but never polished, with the original impossible to replicate brushed finish intact. Add to this miracle the fact that the dial has tropical "chocolate" subdials and the hands are the rare special order yellow made to be seen under cockpit lights and you've got a really special flightmaster. The 911 movement is running great and this watch is ready for your collection . Own a watch from the time when air travel was cool and pilots were heroes.
Ref #: 145.026
Diameter: 43 mm w/out crown, 46 mm w/crown, 51 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 22 mm at the lugs tapering to 15 mm (will take a 22 mm bracelet)
Height: 15 mm
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 144 grams
Movement: Omega 861 based manual winding
Strap/Bracelet: Presented on a super long original 1171 bracelet that will easily fit an 8-inch wrist.
Case: 43mm larger than life STAINLESS STEEL volcano shaped case in used but unpolished condition. Case shows some wear as the enamel has long since departed from the pushers, but this honest example still shows the sunburst finishing and complex brushing that it is supposed to. Mineral glass, inner ring and rotating bezel are all excellent. The caseback has some scratches from opening, but the Douglas DC-8 passenger jet, the flightmaster name and the Omega symbol are all visible.
Dial: Grey anthracite dial with even "dark chocolate" tropical aging to the subdials. White rally scale for minutes and seconds. Matte black inner rotating bezel. Yellow chronograph hands were a special order option on this watch that would indicate the owner was a real pilot. Some lume darkening on the blue airplane hour hand.
Condition: 75% (7.5 of 10): case has a fair amount of wear, dial has a great patina, the worst hurt in an unsigned crown but that is the easiest fix (if one cared to deal with it; I like it as it is so well worn and loved)
Box/Papers: Watch only
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