Omega Flightmaster Ref 145 013 / 145 026 / 145 036. A discovery for me.

Dec 02, 2018,11:15 AM

A discovery not really, as I saw some very nice ones, in some window displays of some dealers. 

I have always been attracted by the dials, not so much by the case, which is funky, huge and thick ( 43 x 53 x 15 mm ). 

But with years passing, I started to pay some interest and affection for this model. Especially the first one, the reference 145 013, born in 1969, and which was in production for some 5 years. 

7 hands, 3 crowns, 2 pushers... That sounds like a crazy watch. 

The movements housed were the Cal 910 ( with GMT ) and 911 ( without GMT ). 

The advertisement: 

" A watch for the men who pilot the big jets or the Sunday edge hoppers... "  

Some explanations: 

Now why am I so attracted by this reference? 

The dials show, quite often, some very nice patina and / or character. 

Here are some specimen I found on the net. 

145 013. Credit picture Austin Kaye UK: 



A comparison picture made by Speedywatches: 145 013 on the left, 145 036 on the right:

The Flightmaster 145 013 also existed in gold, but they are quite scarce: 

Credit picture: Christies.

Credit picture: Matt Bain: 

Now, the 145 026, which is very close to th 145 036, at the point that I have trouble making the distinction between these 2: 

Credit picture: Unknown. With its box and papers...

145 036 By Analog And Shift... The patina of this one is just breathtaking. 

And possibly a 145 036, by Luca Musumeci. Not bad looking, either... 

I would favor the 145 013 because of its additional complication, the GMT, but here, if I find a 145 026 / 36 with a patina such as the one from Analog and Shift, well, I may well change my mind. 

The good news is that the train didn't leave the station, yet, and this is a watch with a lot of character. 



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I owned the one without the green in the early 70s...

 By: Blansky : December 2nd, 2018-11:27
Its a chunky watch which I later lost in a divorce.

70s scary content...

 By: Blansky : December 3rd, 2018-07:54
I loved it. Pretty heavy and large for its time. ...  

You are so right. The Omega dials of this era are quite funky and cool

 By: descartes1 : December 2nd, 2018-12:32
And, the patina they seem to develop is wonderful. Here is my Seamaster with a quite similar dial and complications. What’s more, you are right that “the train has not left the station.” ...  

Ah, you've arrived at the station . . .

 By: Dr No : December 3rd, 2018-16:46
. . . just in time, Nicolas! Both versions, 910 and 911, had GMT hands; the essential difference between the two boiled down to the 24 hour day/night subdial of the 910 which was replaced by the constantly running sub-seconds hand of the 911. Omega made t...  

I'm glad this thread was revisited because upon re-reading, I'd made an error . . .

 By: Dr No : August 12th, 2019-12:05
. . . albeit an understandable one. The 145.013 Nicolas shared that should've been described as not having radial brushing was the Jacek example, and not the Jeroenvink. The error was due to not carefully following the text accompanying the photos. My bad... 

Keep buying real books....

 By: W.R.C. : August 10th, 2019-12:32
FLIGHTMASTER ONLY The Omega pilot's watch by Grégoire Rossier and Anthony Marquié Foreword by Petros Protopapas, International Brand Heritage Manager OMEGA Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – A Legend’s Genesis and History, by Petros Protopapas and Ilias Giann...