Speedy Tuesday - Auction Response to The Omega Speedmaster Alaska III 145.022Yesterday was spectacular auction week. First, the Omega Speedmaster CK2915-1 that sold for just a over 230.000 Euro using the Swedish ah Bukowski (check out our report) and then there was the Rolex Daytona 'Paul Newman' reference 6239, belonging to Paul Newman himself, that fetched a stunning $17,752,500 USD at the Phillips auction in Ny.An execllent watch that was sold in that Phillips auction in The big apple a couple weeks ago, is the Omega Speedmaster Alaska III reference 145 tag heuer formula 1 .022. You may already know, it turned out exactly this model that inspired the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday that we are so proud of, and lots of years back we had one out of our hands (read our story concerning the astronaut's watch we'd found back 2012). Only 56 of these replica watches were issued to NASA, and all of them remain(ed) NASA property. So what is the tale concerning the Omega Speedmaster Alaska III which was auctioned yesterday? Let's have a closer look.Omega Speedmaster Alaska IIIA dose of background story on the Omega Speedmaster Alaska III may be helpful. With the upcoming Toyota tows missions, NASA wrote another tender to get a chronograph wristwatch that astronauts should wear during Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA). Omega submitted three replica watches for NASA to examine, the Speedmaster Professional 145.022 (with caliber 861), an Omega chronograph ref.11003 and also the Speedsonic with tuning fork movement. It turned out on November 2nd in 1978 that NASA qualified the Omega Speedmaster Professional once more, is the official piece of equipment for astronauts.Astronaut Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. wore his radial dial Speedmaster Professional 145.022 during the STS-8 mission in 1983After the qualification, Omega partnered with the Star Watch Case company (perfectly located at the USA) to conform with the US Government's 'Buy American Act'. Omega issued 56 replica watches to NASA, via their US distributor. 56 replica watches, head-only, using the radial dial that you've got noticed in our previous article on these replica watches. A more in-depth story on radial dials can be found here.However, Omega created greater than 56 waste these Omega Speedmaster Alaska III replica watches. There was four extra replica watches that had been kept at Omega, as spare or 'extras'. Then, as we reported earlier, there was about 40 extra radial dials made. Sometimes (last Saturday I personally did) you locate on the list of replica watches equipped with a radial dial from that extra batch of 40. However the watch auctioned at Phillips is often a 'true' Omega Speedmaster Alaska III naturally. The situation takes a different approach since it has the Seahorse medallion case back, and NASA's internal product number engraved "SED12100312-301".The watch that Phillip's auctioned isn't among the 40 extra dials, but also not just one with the 56 pieces that have been issued to NASA in 1978. Actually, it truly is among the just four 'extras' that Omega made in the past. How can you tell? Well, the 56 issues Omega Speedmaster Alaska III replica watches have, besides an engraved NASA internal product number, also an inside serial number. A 4-digit number that's engraved just underneath the product number. On Furrer's watch that people had in 2012, we blurred it for legal reasons, but it really was clearly there. For this Phillips watch, watches there's just the product number. An ultra-rare piece, fewer available compared to the ones from NASA.Bear in mind though, how the 56 pieces which were issued by NASA, can not be sold or traded on the market. These are government property and treated therefore. Should anyone ever run into one, handle it properly and wisdom, before you know there are many black helicopters circling above your property. I'm not entirely positive that NASA has all 56 within their possession, as being the one there were clearly wasn't right at that moment.Including premium, this Omega Speedmaster Alaska III sold for just a whopping$187,500 USD. Auction information and result can be found here. Imagine simply how much one of the 56 issued Omega Speedmaster Alaska III replica watches would fetch overstock watches .
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