Hello Houston! "Friendship" has landed!! ... for the pleasure of sharing a few shots of a very special Flightmaster.

Dec 23, 2019,12:11 PM

Hello friends!

Just a couple of days ago this beautiful Flightmaster ref 145.013 (610)  from the 1970´s finally arrived to my hands (wrist!). I decided to call it "Friendship" as the famous John Glenn´s spacecraft.

Our dear friend Art has posted the detailed and complete story of this watch a few months ago. (I will kindly ask him if he can link that post in this thread).

The arrival of this watch to my collection was aboslutely possible thanks to Art and all the time, efforts and passion he invested to what he called "our Flightmaster project". It was a work of love and Friendship.

This watch was discovered several months ago by Art in the web page of a German dealer and he remembered I had written I was hunting for a FM and mailed me with the news. The watch was complete set and in NOS condition.

It looked like an easy deal but it was not an easy journey to go through... specially for Art who took the time, work and efforts to have the watch sent to him, have it serviced, search for some spare parts, deal with his watchmaker and parts dealers, etc. till the watch was cleaned, oiled and functioning perfectly as when it left the factory 50 years ago. (he even resorted to his hand painting skills to restore the color of one crown!)

This watch covered about 11.000 miles from Germany to California, California to Miami, and Miami to Buenos Aires till it safely landed in my home.

I feel the watch deserves to be called "Friendship" because there is no way to make this possible if you are not a good friend and a passionate for Omega like Art.

I´m sharing some pictures which show this beauty. This is a timepiece which will always have a very special value for me. A keeper for life!

Can´t find enough words to thank you Art! I´m enjoying it so much!

All the best, Abel

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WOW ... Santa Delivered ! ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : December 23rd, 2019-12:34
That looks fabulous Abel 🥂

Thank you so much dear Captain! Yes, Santa came early this year! Lol! Santa Art!! ;)

 By: Subexplorer : December 23rd, 2019-13:59
It´s a fabulous piece indeed! Cheers! Abel

I can’t think of anyone better...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : December 23rd, 2019-15:24
To take care of this great Omega

Thank you so much dear Captain!

 By: Subexplorer : December 23rd, 2019-19:09
You are very kind!! Cheers! Abel

If there was ever a more appropriately named watch: "flightmaster"

 By: Brandon Skinner : December 23rd, 2019-12:51
CONGRATS to you, and to Art.

Credit goes to mrsnak for finding your Flightmaster . . .

 By: Dr No : December 23rd, 2019-14:53
. . . not to mention invaluable advice on painting the bezel crown. In real life mrsnak is a graphic artist! When my watchmaker timed the 910 it was running essentially perfectly, but after fifty years, it wouldn't have been long before problems would've ...  

Thank you so much dear Art for the clarification! I'm thankful to Mrsnak too. But I know so well how much work and time you devoted to...

 By: Subexplorer : December 23rd, 2019-18:33
... this piece. And we should mention how much we suffered waiting for its arrival to Miami! And it arrived just a few hours before my son in law return flight! Lol! That was like viewing a Thriller ! As you say, everything went well and it is now in Land... 

“Friendship Flightmaster” - i love it !

 By: Seeks : December 23rd, 2019-19:09
For me this is a unique piece !! Thank you for sharing the story and the journey with us. I am very happy read this merry and joyful christmas to you and all at home , Abel🎄🎁

Thank you so much for your kind words dear Seeks!!...

 By: Subexplorer : December 23rd, 2019-19:12
... I appreciate so much them and yiur good wishes! Same for you and your beloved ones dear friend! Abel

"Uh, I get by with a little help from my friends" ...

 By: COUNT DE MONET : December 24th, 2019-03:51
This watch rocks! What a catch! A very cool vintage Omega in a superb condition. Big congrats to you and "Bravo" to Art!

Abel went the extra mile to get this practically unique Omega chronometer . . .

 By: Dr No : December 26th, 2019-20:57
. . . into my collection. Helping him score a Flightmaster was most gratifying. ;-) ...  

Dear Art. It was a pleasure to help getting this beauty for your collection, but my intervention was minimal compared with all the work and time you devored to the FM.

 By: Subexplorer : December 27th, 2019-13:16
The FM is now a very special piece in my collection be asured. Thank you again my friend! Abel.

Now I rember

 By: COUNT DE MONET : December 28th, 2019-16:10
I thought you helped him out again. But Abel assisted you to find your way to this extraordinary two tone.

Congrats for this awesome addition to your collection

 By: DrStrong : December 27th, 2019-06:16
a collector's dream for sure !

That would be a wonderful move by Omega Pun! Everything is possible: Omega did a great job a few years ago with the re-edition of their Speedmaster Mk2 so it is possible...

 By: Subexplorer : December 29th, 2019-04:57
... that the Flightmaster could be in their plans too. Let´s hope this comes true! Cheers! Abel

Hello dear Tony! Thank you so much for your kind comments my friend. Agree with you: it is a very fortunate find a vintage watch in such a wonderful condition, but it is the ...

 By: Subexplorer : January 8th, 2020-04:18
... story behind it which makes this piece so special to me. This is what makes a keeper in one´s collection. Cheers! Abel

What a great watch and an even better story...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : January 8th, 2020-10:16
what makes any watch special is the story behind it and this one truly has an amazing story. I would even go so far as to say an epic one. Bravo to Art for taking the time to help out someone in our community and I hope you enjoying wearing this special w... 

Thank you so much for your kind comments Holdenchamp! Absolutely agree with them! Art has all merits here making it possible to have this watch in my hands in perfect condition...

 By: Subexplorer : January 8th, 2020-11:52
... after devoting much time and work dealing with finding parts, taking to the watchmaker, shipping, etc. etc..along the many months this project required. Your word "epic" perfectly fits here I feel. This watch became one of my favorite pieces in my col... 

As it should be my friend...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : January 8th, 2020-11:55
by the way, I lived in BA for over a year as I had an ex from Argentina. We lived in the Ricoletta area 😉

Yes, I have MANY fonds memories of Argentina (BA, Cordoba, the Patagonia, etc...). In fact, BA and Argentina are both in my top 5 of my favorites cities and countries...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : January 8th, 2020-12:59
I was lucky enough to have also traveled throughout South America so had a chance to visit Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, and Peru. I met the owner and his friend Fabien from Simonetta Orsini who were amazing people. Overall, I had a great experience i... 

Thank you so much for sharing your nice memories about my Country. I´m really happy to know you keep these fond memories. This is truly a great and beautiful place in spite of its...

 By: Subexplorer : January 9th, 2020-05:15
... recurring deep political and economic problems. Nice to know you also had the chance of visiting so many beautiful places in Latin America. Thank you so much for your message! Cheers! Abel.

You are very welcome and it was my pleasure since I adore Argentina...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : January 9th, 2020-05:49
I found the people to be extreme warm and friendly as well 😉👍