Speedy Tuesday - Found: Omega Speedmaster Worn By Willy MairesseWilly Mairesse with his fantastic Omega SpeedmasterThe Omega Speedmaster is probably the most recognizable replica watches in the better half of the Twentieth century. A watch that originally premiered being a racing model in 1957- hence the name - but gained worldwide fame because timepiece that's worn around the Moon in July 1969. Through the years it's been known as the Moonwatch and regarding NASA and its particular astronauts. Little did we know that inside the 1960's there was a watch that stayed true to its racing heritage and graced the wrist of any Formula 1 driver. This watch is considered is the first Omega Speedmaster could of that was working in the golden day of car racing.Who Was Willy Mairesse?Mairesse came to be in Belgium in 1928, spent almost all of his professional career behind the wheels of Formula One in addition to several other racing cars. He was 25 when started racing in local racing events. He drove within the Liege-Rome-Liege rally Four years back to back winning it in 1955. In 1958 he came up 2nd within the 24-hours race at Reimsi and in 1960 he were only available in 3rd at the 1000-kilometer race with the Nürburgring.Ferrari have been watching him for years then then when in 1959 he raced successfully through the Tour de France car race, the Italian team offered him a legal contract for the next season. He took part in 3 Grand Prixes finishing just one single, the 1960 Italian race where he showed up 3rd. Through the next season he drove 3 races but sometimes not finish any of them. 12 months later, in 1962, he took part in 4 races finishing one, again an italian man , Grand Prix where he became 4th. panerai 104 He was 2nd on the A day of Le Mans and he won the Targa Florio.Unfortunately 1963 was his last season with Ferrari, which were unsuccessful for him - drove 3 races but could not finish they, though he were succeed during other races at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps. This has been 12 months he got closest of winning the Twenty four hours of Le Mans. He was leading the competition when throughout a pitstop his car ignited and he cannot finish the race. In 1964 he won the Angola Grand Prix and a year later the 500km race in Spa-Francorchamps. In 1966, after his win in 1962, he managed to finish 1st in the Targa Florio and also the year next he became 3rd at Le Mans.In the 1968 A day of Le Mans while driving a Ford GT-40 he suffered a serious accident when his door flew off his car. He crashed and went into a coma. He wakened after 60 days but he couldn't regain his physical or mental health. Willy Mairesse was discovered dead at his house in Oostende on September 2nd 1969. The reason for death was overdose of medicine.The photo of Willy Mairesse shared by Ferrarism on FacebookPossible Speedmaster ReferencesThe above photo stirred a storm during the last day or two inside the watch community plus in various watch-related Facebook groups, when Ferrari (and Omega Speedmaster) enthusiasts think it is on Ferrarism's Facebook page. It contained no caption so for just a day or possibly even longer we didn't know the driver with the impeccable taste. The racer proved to by Belgian Formula One and sports vehicle driver, Willy Mairesse plus the watch probably an Omega Speedmaster CK2998/105.002 or 105.003. It really is challenging to tell whilst the quality of the image is pretty good. There are many of features though that led us to believe any particular one of the above references could be the timepiece on Mairesse's wrist. There isn't any doubt the case has straight lugs (no crown guard) and also a black bezel. The very first model to obtain you are likely to function as 105.012 so anything before that (105.003 and back) remains in play. As outlined by various sources the photo was probably taken around 1962, even though the 105.003 would not come out until 1963 we're not sure regarding the date so save this reference on the list of possible versions.Around the image, the hands chronograph hand is so visible, likewise would be the small hands. The hour and minute hand usually are not identifiable. watches Ever since the other hands are visible, probably because of the white absorbing the lighting, our best guess is it will be a CK2998 or 105.002. The 105.003 had the white baton hour and minute hand, so it's likely the may very well be considered as well within this image. However, we simply cannot make certain and then we maintain option open.2998-5105 breitling watches .003Willy Mairesse raced for Scuderia Ferrari between 1960 and 1963, but through the 1961 season he started with Equipe Nationale Belge then after 3 races moved to Team Lotus for a few Grand Prixes merely to return to Ferrari for 3 races. He didn't finish the season that year. He raced another year with Scuderia Centro Sud but that was his this past year within the F1. Therefore it is safe to believe that it photo was probably taken around 1961-63 while with Ferrari. Every one of the above facts lead us towards the aforementioned two (well, technically three) references.Willy Mairesse in Spa-Francorchamps where we started and take care of his Formula 1 career (photo by Ferrarism)Though Willy Mairesse is probably not too known (or lucky) as Mario Andretti, Jochen Rindt or Jim Clark, he was with Ferrari throughout the legendary team's 4 seasons inside 60's alongside a great experienced before drivers. He ought to be termed as really the only racing car driver we all know - thus far - who had previously been at some point on time sporting an Omega Speedmaster during those glorious years of the 60's.
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