02:56 21st of July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface and OMEGA Speedmaster Professional became the first watch worn on the moon.
The Apollo 11 mission celebrates the most important moment of the OMEGA space heritage and, 50 years later, this year the maison celebrates this anniversary with a new Speedmaster.
A limited edition of 1.014 pieces inspired by the famous design of the Speedmaster BA145.022 which was presented in the same edition at the special dinner in November 1969 in honor of the moon landing heroes. A very first commemorative numbered edition was presented to the astronauts in NASA’s space program and this year it is revived in the Speedmaster Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, this new chronograph has been crafted from an exclusive new 18K gold alloy and is powered by a brand new manual-winding Master Chronometer calibre 3861.
Case, bracelet, dial, hour-markers and hour-minute hands have all been created in 18K Moonshine™ gold – a unique new alloy whose colour is inspired by the shining moonlight in a dark blue sky. In a paler hue than traditional 18K yellow gold, Moonshine™ gold offers high resistance to the fading of colour and lustre over time.
The polished and brushed 42 mm case and OMEGA has included a burgundy bezel ring – this time in ceramic [ZrO2] with its tachymeter scale in Ceragold™.
The dial is enhanced by the facetted black onyx indexes set in the polished hour-markers, as well as the hour-minute hands filled with black varnish and the black varnished central chronograph seconds and subdial hands.
Last, but not least, this Speedmaster is driven by the OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 – a manualwinding movement with Co-Axial escapement, silicon Si14 balance spring, Moonshine™ gold-plated main plate and bridges and burgundy markings.
Uunique watch in a unique presentation box: the panels of the box are in grey ceramic with 3D printing of the lunar surface. Since every panel is structured differently, no crater box will be alike!