Omega commemorates Apollo 11's 50th anniversary with 18ct gold Speedmaster
Remembering the ambitious achievements of the 1969 Apollo 11 space mission, OMEGA will be releasing a limited edition 18ct gold Speedmaster. The watch marks the 50th anniversary of the milestone in space travel and pays homage to the Speedmaster BA145.022 that was also crafted from 18ct yellow gold and featured a similar burgundy bezel. The original watch was gifted at the 1969 Astronaut Appreciation Dinner; the watch from this time had “to mark man’s conquest of space with time, through time, on Time,” engraved on the caseback, and was gifted to the president at the time, Richard Nixon.
While celebrating the expedition that saw Messrs Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the surface of the moon, the limited edition watch also celebrates the journey of OMEGA’s Speedmaster in half a century. The 50th anniversary Apollo 11 has lots that points to the original 70s Speedmaster while embracing lots of new updates. OMEGA have created the watch with a 42mm case and the bracelet is a new 18ct Moonshine gold alloy, this hue is much more pale than the original, and is more resilient to fading. The watch catches the eye with its bold burgundy ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale in Ceragold; the scale uses the vintage 500 units per hour.
The dial and caseback are equally considered and showcase an astonishing amount of detail. The dial lets the contrasting black-varnish hands shine while the facetted onyx indexes offer depth and refinement. OMEGA chose a display caseback to reveal the manual Co-Axial Calibre 3861 that’s circled by a decorative PVD ring. The ring contains a partial map of the American continents and the Moon on the opposite side. To finish the watch will come in a special 3D-printed, lunar surface “Crater Box”.
This unique watch is limited to 1014 and UK allocation is yet to be confirmed.