Omega TI 145.0022 Alaska

TI 145.0022 Alaska : Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Alaska Project I

Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Alaska Project I

Brand: Omega
Family: Speedmaster
Reference: TI 145.0022 Alaska
Name: Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Alaska Project I
Produced: 1971/1 - 1973/7
Limited: No

Case

Material: Titanium
Bezel: Tachymeter
Glass: Plexi
Back: Closed
Shape: Cushion
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Lug Width: 20.00 mm
W/R: 50.00 m

Dial

Nickname: Alaska Project
Color: White
Indexes: Stick / Dot
Hands: Stick

Movement

Created in 1968
17 jewels until 1992
18 jewels since 1993
Used on second generation "moon watches"

Type:Handwound
Brand:Omega
Caliber:861
Base: Lemania 1873
Display:Analog
Diameter:27.00 mm
Jewels:18
Reserve:48 h
Time:Small Seconds, Hours, Minutes
Chronograph:Chronograph

Description

The Alaska Project the goal of this project, led by Pierre Chopard from the late 1960's to 1973, was to improve on the Speedmaster by creating a watch perfectly suited to the low temperatures in space. The Swiss patent CH 537170 was granted on 31 May, 1973, for an outer case designed to protect the watch from extreme temperature variations. The watch’s dial was coated with zinc oxide; this material provides the highest resistance to solar radiation. NASA’s response to the prototype, however, was that they saw no need to improve on the Speedmaster. The project therefore remained a prototype.

The present watch is one of the first Alaska Project watches, featuring a cushion-shaped case in titanium, which in the picture is fitted with an additional heat shield.