- Brand: OMEGA
- Year: 1972
- Model: Flightmaster
- Reference: ST 145.026
- Calibre: 911
- Movement: Manual
- Material: Stainless steel
- Features/complications: Inner rotating bezel and chronograph
- Dial: Charcoal dial features baton hour indices, baton hands with central ‘Professional’ cadmium orange chronograph hand and GMT hand, outer minute track with strokes to 1/5th of a second, inner rotating bezel with 0-60 scale, 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock, 30 minute register at 3 o’clock and 12 hour register at 6 o’clock
- Case dimensions: 46 x 52mm
- Bracelet/strap: Stainless steel
- Accessories: Extract from the Archives
- SKU: 03006
Essay: The Omega Flightmaster first sold in 1969, was available in four versions of standard production. Three in steel and one in gold up until 1977. The steel references can be broken down into two types, those with yellow or red chronograph hands. The initial intention for the red chronograph hands were solely to be for the general public. With the yellow, or ‘professional’ version being ordered especially for use in red-lit flight decks. However, the preference of the customer base desired both versions, resulting in red and yellow being sold right from the very beginning. Research shows that there are an estimated two thirds of Flightmasters with red chronograph hands, the other third being yellow.
This was Omegas first attempt at a professional watch for flight, intended for airline pilots. Key points about the Flightmaster include the use of colours of the dial and hands, combined with how these age over time creating unique patinas. The watch has several moving components including 7 hands, 3 crowns, 2 pushers and the bezel. The rotating bezel is graduated from 0-60 with increments of 5 used to show elapsed time without the chronograph. This feature was used to measure flight time, leaving the chronograph to use for more accurate measurements. These include allowing the pilot to calculate speed based on travel time or to measure distance travelled based on speed. The Rotating bezel also has use for underwater dives, using the crown at 8’oclock.
The main characteristics of the watch include the main crown at 3 o’clock, which controls the conventional functions of winding and setting the time in a manually wound movement. The second crown located at o’clock is used to set the internal rotating bezel to measure elapsed time. The crown at 10 o’clock moves the blue hand into to the hour in a second time zone. The two pusher buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock controls the chronograph. Apart from the main crown and pushers, the secondary crown has a hollowed top painted in the colour of its function. The secondary crown to set the time zone hour has a blue disk, like the airplane hand its used to control. The secondary crown that turns the internal bezel has a black disk.