There are Speedmasters and then there are Speedmasters. An automatic Speedmaster is pretty solid. A manually wound Speedmaster Professional is solid. A manually wound Speedmaster Professional with a 321 Caliber in it is really solid. A manually wound Speedmaster PRE-Professional with 321 caliber, straight lugs and no crown guards dating to 1965 is borderline epic.
This 1965 Omega Speedmaster Reference 105.003 is dubbed the “Ed White” reference because it was indeed the watch he wore during his historic space walk, becoming the first American ever to do so. This reference was made for a short period of time before the 145.012 reference that was chosen by NASA to accompany White’s colleagues to the moon.
This particular Ed White is as original as they come – you’ll find the nicely faded dial, original hands (all of them), crown, pushers, and even a great faded original Omega bezel. This is a classic Omega that pre-dates the moon watch and is considered highly desirable by collectors. The lack of crown-guards and “professional” markings on the dial, along with the stright lugs are three attributes these super-Speedies all have.
For a high-res shot of this classic Speedmaster from 1965, click on the image above.