105.012

Produced 1963 to 1966

105012's
105012’s

All asymmetric cases, with distinctive shorter pushers. Some are screw in and some are drive in. It is not uncommon to see these changed for the wrong specification, and even screw pushers forced into cases designed for press-fitting.

Dials come in all SWISS variations and are all marked “Professional”.  I have been presented with examples with a non professional dial, but for the moment I am assuming them to be unoriginal.

All are fitted with baton hands, and spear chrono hand.

This is the first reference to have the word professional on the dial, and the first asymmetric case, and this is the only confirmed reference to land on the moon:

Its not his watch....but it was his box!
Its not his watch….but it was his box!

This reference has such a wide variety of specifications, there are collectors who concentrate only on this reference with good reason.

This reference is unusual in that for the -66 there were two manufacturers for the case. See below in the -66 section.

 105.012-63

105.012-63. This early reference is very rare and desireable. Note the SWISS marking at the lower dial.
105.012-63. This early reference is very rare and desirable. Note the SWISS marking at the lower dial. The shorter pushers are clearly noticeable from this angle. Nice grey bezel. As an aside, I bought this on ebay, advertised as a “1970’s Omega” with fuzzy photos, so I bought this as a 1970’s calbre 861, and found I had got the rarest asymmetric calibre 321. Very lucky.

The -63 also caries the “symmetrical” clutch bridge, where as subsequent 105.012’s have the asymmetrical bridge that all later 321s carry.

Note as of September 2017: I have now seen a few 105.012-63 with an asymmetric bridge. I think I have to accept that either is correct. From a collectors point of view, the symmetric bridge is more interesting, but I would doubt it would affect the value.

Calibre 321

Serial Range:

2052 0xxx – 2052 1xxx

Dial

  • Stepped
  • Applied metal logo
  • Professional text
  • Usually  SWISS MADE – possibly with close spaced T’s

Case

  • Asymmetric case, 20 mm lugs
  • Case back- double step with Speedmaster engraved on rear

Hands

  • Hour/minute – baton
  • Subdial – Stick, painted
  • Chrono – spear

Pushers

  • 5mm x 3 mm

Crown

  • 7mm

Bezel

  • Black BASE 500 bezel with dot over 90 (DO90)

 

105.012-64

Very rare. The Ts are seen for the first time.

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105.012-64 This example has a blueish bezel

Calibre 321

Serial Range:

2052 7xxx – 2282 5xxx

Dial

  • Stepped
  • applied metal logo
  • Professional text
  • Close spaced  SWISS MADE T’s, or wide space T’s

Case

  • Asymmetric case, 20 mm lugs
  • Caseback- double step with speedmaster engraved on rear

Hands

  • Hour/minute – baton
  • Subdial – Stick, painted
  • Chrono – spear

Pushers

  • 5mm x 3mm

Crown

  • 7mm

Bezel

  • Black BASE 500 bezel with dot over 90 (DO90)

 

105.012-65

105.012-65 with tropical dial. This one came from South America, and while the dial is not actually chocolate, it is faded to an atrractive shade. Just not as valuable. The dial is a little tired, but has faded or aged to a pleasing patina. I do not reckon this a chocolate, therefore I do not attach a premium for this dial
105.012-65 with tropical dial. This one came from South America, and while the dial is not actually chocolate, it has acquired a pleasing patina – Just not as valuable as the galaxy-brown.  Note the way the hands go with the dial.  It is serviced, as can be seen by the new pusher tubes.

Calibre 321

Serial Range:

2282 5xxx – 2452 7xxx

Dial

  • Stepped
  • applied metal logo
  • Professional text
  • Close spaced  SWISS MADE T’s, or wide T’s

Case

  • Asymmetric case, 20 mm lugs
  • Case back- double step with Speedmaster engraved on rear

Hands

  • Hour/minute – baton
  • Subdial – Stick, painted
  • Chrono – spear

Pushers

  • 5mm x 3mm

Crown

  • 7mm

Bezel

  • Black BASE 500 bezel with dot over 90 (DO90)

 

105.012-66

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Two 105.015-66CBs One with a bezel faded to grey. Both clearly show the facet lines on the lugs More details here

This particular sub reference has two case manufacturers. Huguenin Freres who also made the cases for the previous references, and Centrale Boites. The CB cases differ in that there is a small line between the polishing planes on the lugs. All the case backs have a single step.

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Double step -65 case back on left, and single step -66 case back on right.
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Marked by the manufacturers, HF for Huguenin Freres and CB for Centrale Boites
lugs illustrated
Line drawn to highlight the polishing junction, known in collecting circles as a “Facet ” Actually it is more accurately a facet edge.

Here finally a picture without the line to show what you will see:

105.012-66 case showing the facet junction
105.012-66 case showing the facet junction

Here are the two different case types for comparison, first the HF case:

Marc 105012HF
105.012-66HF. Note the lack of any facet lines on the lugs. The Telemetre bezel is probably later than the watch – its very hard to confirm. Photo courtesy Gemini4

Here is the CB case, with the facet lines clear:

MArc CB 105012
105.012-66CB. With strong facet lines. This example has a top bezel, and is in very good condition all round with original pushers. Phot courtesy Gemini4

Calibre 321

Serial Range:

2453 xxxx-2544 xxxx

Dial

  • Stepped
  • applied metal logo
  • Professional text
  • Close spaced  SWISS MADE T’s and wide spaced T’s

Case

  • Asymmetric case, 20 mm lugs
  • Caseback- singlevstep with speedmaster engraved on rear
  • CB case can show facet junction if not lost through polishing

Hands

  • Hour/minute – baton
  • Subdial – Stick, painted
  • Chrono – spear

Pushers

  • 5mm x 3mm

Crown

  • 7mm

Bezel

  • Black BASE 500 bezel with dot over 90 (DO90)

Now we go on to the 145.012

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