Omega ‘Red Racing Dial’ Speedmaster, $94,500 (£69,000) at Sotheby's New York.

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Reference 145012 Speedys with black racing dials were produced from 1967-68. There are a number of variants with this example (powered by the calibre 321 manual wound movement) carrying the name Meister – the Zurich based retailer which infrequently stamped its name to the dial of the watches it sold in the 1960s. Occasionally Meister-stamped Heuer Carreras and Autavias come to market but this appears to be a one-off.

The consignor, who had bought it at the Miester Boutique in 1969, was Henk de Vries, an equally unique and charismatic Dutch-Canadian adventurer. A yachtsman, rally driver and specialist in skid control (he coached Jim Clarke and Graham Hill), he wore his trusty Speedmaster when crossing the Andes and sailing the Atlantic Ocean.

For Omega enthusiasts it doesn’t get much better than that. The watch, estimated at $25,000-45,000, sold at $94,500 (£69,000).

The sale took place on February 5.