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Sotheby's - Speedmaster: To the Moon and Back - Auction July 19, 2019

  1. TLIGuy

    TLIGuy Jun 8, 2019

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    This auction may be of interest to some here.

    Omega Speedmaster - To the Moon and Back - July 19, 2019

    Sotheby's Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

    With Auctions Dedicated to Space Exploration and Omega Speedmaster Watches


    Sotheby's New York is delighted to announce two auctions to be held this July in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing. "Omega Speedmaster: To the Moon and Back" on July 19 will offer a selection of incredible Speedmaster watches – the official watch of NASA since 1965. "Space Exploration" on July 20 will feature extensive material related to the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, including flown mission artifacts and hardware.

    Omega Speedmaster: To the Moon and Back will celebrate one of the most iconic sports watches ever to come to market, which was a leading choice of astronauts for more than five decades.

    Before sending any objects into space, NASA performs extensive testing to ensure that anything aboard a space flight will withstand the rigors of unpredictable environments. In 1965, NASA sought to find a watch properly provisioned for human spaceflight. Three watches were chosen to undergo months of testing. Omega is the only brand whose watch passed all ten tests, rendering the Speedmaster model as the official watch of NASA. The iconic watch has been bestowed upon the wrists of astronauts ever since – including all six lunar landings – and has fittingly been dubbed the "Moonwatch." For decades, the Speedmaster has signified the kind of quality and reliability that has made it the only designated timepiece fit to wear on the moon.

    Exhibitions for both auctions will be free and open to the public beginning 15 July in Sotheby's New York galleries.

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  2. Kazyole

    Kazyole Jun 8, 2019

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    Awesome. If any other NYC OF'ers want to go to view the lots I'm definitely planning on stopping by. Could construct a little meetup out of it.
     
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  3. jpjsavage

    jpjsavage Jun 9, 2019

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    Thanks for the heads up. It will be interesting to see what prices are made here. It is definitely the year of the Speedmaster!
     
  4. BatDad

    BatDad Jun 9, 2019

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    Have to expect a bump for the masses - 20%? More?

    Thanks for sharing @TLIGuy
     
  5. SpeedyPhill

    SpeedyPhill asked ages ago but no longer interested Jun 14, 2019

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    Curious to know if there will there be an auction catalog ?
     
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  6. jhross98

    jhross98 Jun 14, 2019

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    Is anyone worried this turns into another heuer bust... Market isnt exactly making new highs now a flood of examples...
     
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  7. lowlands

    lowlands Jun 20, 2019

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    Yes, I have never seen so many BA145.022 gold Speedmasters for sale on the market, I was also thinking to bring one of my gold speedmasters in the auction, but the level seems to be very high, each watch is controlled by the omegamuseum, maybe it beats the result of the Omegamania auction around ten years ago? When is there a catalogue on line?
     
  8. Britinus

    Britinus Jul 11, 2019

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    I’ll be there Monday 15. Gone through all the lots carefully. Some really nice pieces there. I worry we’re at “peak moonwatch”. Everyone has NASA-like “go fever”.
     
  9. Britinus

    Britinus Jul 11, 2019

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    Catalogue on line now
     
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    Britinus Jul 11, 2019

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    Britinus Jul 11, 2019

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    Britinus Jul 11, 2019

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    https://www.sothebys.com/pdf/2019/N10093/index.html