The Flightmaster is something of a niche collectible model among Omega’s chronographs, as its futuristic case is something of an acquired taste. It was specifically designed for pilots (hence the name with a legible chronograph and a very visible 12-hour GMT hand in blue. The Mk1 version presented here also offers a green 12/24 hour indicator, while the later reference 145.036 would replace it with a running second (the movement designation changing from caliber 910 to caliber 911). Interestingly, the pushers and crowns have applied enamel on their tips, with their color matching the hands of the complications they control – a smart take on making its operation easier.
In addition to the obviously beautiful tropical dial, the seller mentions a recent service, which ensured the proper functioning of this chronograph. The case is in great condition, as its elliptical shape and brushing have been well preserved (vintage Flightmaster are often overpolished, but that’s not the case here). With a 44mm diameter, it is not small by any means, but the lack of lugs make it feel less heavy on the wrist, while the caseback displays the proper engravings – from the stylized Douglas DC-8 to the “flightmaster” line in all lower case letters.