Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition In Stainless Steel

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Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition In Stainless Steel

On the 21st of July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped off the Eagle to become the first humans to stand on another world. It was during this legendary mission that the OMEGA Speedmaster became the first watch worn on the moon. To commemorate that moment and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, OMEGA has crafted a new Limited Edition of 6,969 pieces inspired by those first historic steps.

New Material

While the 42 mm case has been created in stainless steel, the bezel of this timepiece is made from polished 18K Moonshine™Gold – an exclusive new patent-pending alloy which is a paler hue than traditional yellow gold and offers high resistance to fading over time. The bezel ring itself is polished black ceramic [ZrO2] with an OMEGA Ceragold™ tachymeter scale.
 

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition In Stainless Steel

Landing on the Dial

Two distinct zones make up the dial, including a central varnished grey zone and an outer blackened sector. 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- treated” in Moonshine™ Gold.
 

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition In Stainless Steel

Unique Touches

11 o’clock features two “1” markings in 18K Moonshine™ Gold, forming the Apollo mission’s number. More notably, the 9 o’clock subdial features the famous image of Buzz Aldrin climbing down the ladder onto the lunar surface. This subdial is crafted from 18K Moonshine™ Gold and is blackened and laser-engraved.
 

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition In Stainless Steel

The Caseback

Featured on the blackened decorative inner caseback is a laser-engraved footprint representing humankind’s first step on the moon. Encircling the image in 18K Moonshine™ Gold-plated lettering is Neil Armstrong’s legendary quote: "THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND". Orbiting the caseback’s sapphire crystal are engraved words highlighted in black including APOLLO 11, 50th ANNIVERSARY, LIMITED EDITION, and each Limited Edition number. Also engraved, yet blending in with the steel, are NAIAD LOCK, Cal. 3861 and CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER.
 

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition In Stainless Steel

Bracelets

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). An additional Velcro® strap in blackened cork with golden marks is also included. This innovative design is a salute to the Apollo-era “boost protective cover” - a fiberglass structure covered with thick cork ablator 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.
 

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition In Stainless Steel

Presentation Box

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

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OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in steel