OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

There  were  many  world-changing moments  that  defined  the first lunar landing  in 1969.  From famous  words to dusty foot- prints, it was a mission that  remains unforgettable in so many ways. On the 50th  anniversary of Apollo 11, OMEGA is proud to unveil a new Speedmaster Limited Edition that  pays  tribute to those iconic hours.Now, you can wear the first watch worn on the moon- and also relive its journey.

STILL A PIONEER

The Speedmaster made  watchmaking  history on the 21st  of July 1969.  Today  its pioneering  spirit still remains  through  the  use  of a new  material  known as  18K Moonshine™ gold.  This exclusive patent- pending alloy is a paler  hue than  traditional yellow gold  and  offers high resistance to fading  over time. As you explore  the  surface  of the  watch, you’ll find18K Moonshine™ gold throughout  the design.

ENGINEERING AT ITS BEST

Innovation   was   key  to   the   Apollo   11   success. OMEGA  has  followed  that  theme  with a 42  mm case  in stainless  steel  and  a polished  bezel  made from 18K Moonshine™ gold.  The bezel  ring itself is polished  black  ceramic    [ZrO2] with a radiant OMEGA Ceragold™ tachymeter scale.

Two distinct zones make up the dial, including a varnished  central   grey  zone  and   an  outer  black minute track. 18K Moonshine™ gold is used for the bevelled indexes, vintage OMEGA logo and all of the hands – except for the central chronograph seconds hand,  which is “PVD-coated” in Moonshine™ Gold.

ICONIC TRIBUTES

Buzz Aldrin was wearing an OMEGA Speedmaster when he climbed  down  from the  Eagle  to  reach the lunar surface at 03:15:16 UTC. At that second, his timepiece became the first watch worn on the moon. On the 9 o’clock subdial of this new Limited Edition, OMEGA has laser-engraved the image  of Buzz on a Moonshine™ Gold plate.

Distinct from all other indexes, the 11 o’clock hour marker is formed by an 18K Moonshine™ Gold number 11, in tribute to the Apollo mission.

Going where no human had gone before. Featured on the caseback is an image  of an astronaut’s footprint,  which has  been  laser-engraved onto  a black-coated plate with a moon-surface texture.

«THAT’S  ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND». Neil Armstrong’s legendary words have  echoed through time. Now, they are  written on the caseback of this watch in 18K Moonshine™ Gold-plated lettering.

THE CASEBACK

Only  6,969   pieces   are   available  in  this  Limited Edition collection. Proud owners will find their unique number engraved in black  on the caseback, along with APOLLO 11, 50th  ANNIVERSARY and  LIMITED EDITION. Also engraved, yet  blending  in with the steel, are NAIAD LOCK, Cal. 3861  and  CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER.

MOONWATCH MOVEMENT

The   brand  new   OMEGA   Co-Axial    M as t er Chronometer Calibre 3861 takes the next evolutionary step for the famous Moonwatch movement.  It took 4 years  of trial-and-error to create the  calibre’s most recent  incarnation. OMEGA was determined to produce a movement  of the  highest  standard, yet perfectly match the dimensions of the 1861.

That  goal   has  been   achieved.  Now  crafted  with Co-Axial  technology, a stop-second function  and OMEGA’s superior anti-magnetic innovation, the Speedmaster Moonwatch is  resistant to  magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss  and  has  been  able  to reach the  Master   Chronometer standard,  which  assures the  industry’s highest  certified  level of precision, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance.

ASTRONAUT KIT

The watch is presented on a polished-brushed metallic bracelet with a vintage Ω on the clasp: a design inspired by the bracelet of the 4th generation Speedmaster (ST 105.012-65).

For the customer’s own mission, however,  this new Limited Edition comes with another special option.

Inside the NASA-style presentation box, you’ll find an additional Velcro® strap with black-coated cork.  This innovative   design   is a salute   to  the Apollo-era “boost protective cover” – a fiberglass structure  covered with cork which fitted  over the Command Module like a glove, keeping  the crew of the Saturn V rocket  safe  from the intense  heat produced at launch.

The box  also  includes  two  mission patches (50th anniversary  / Apollo  11),  two  engraved plates (landing  site coordinates / landing  site and  time) as  well as  a strap-changing tool.  Best of all, it houses the ultimate Lunar Model display stand.

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