OMEGA Celebrates Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary With 18K Gold Speedmaster

Commemorating the first manned moon landing.

By
Watches
8,477 Hypes 4 Comments

OMEGA celebrates the achievements of the 1969 Apollo 11 space mission by releasing a limited edition 18K gold Speedmaster. Marking the 50th anniversary of the milestone in space travel, OMEGA plays off the “golden anniversary” moniker of 50 years, and pays homage to the past Speedmaster BA145.022 that was crafted from 18K yellow gold with a burgundy bezel, gifted at the 1969 Astronaut Appreciation Dinner — that particular watch had “to mark man’s conquest of space with time, through time, on time,” engraved at the caseback, and was gifted to the president at the time, Richard Nixon.

Not only celebrating that historic journey that saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the surface of the moon, the watch also celebrates how far OMEGA’s Speedmaster has come in half a century. While there are great details that point to ’70s-era Speedys, this 50th anniversary Apollo 11 watch sees numerous updates. The gold that OMEGA is using for its 42mm case and bracelet is a new 18K Moonshine™ gold alloy that is more pale than traditional 18K, and is more resilient to fading over time. The watch also features an eye-catching burgundy ceramic [ZrO 2 ] bezel with a tachymeter scale in Ceragold™; the scale retains the vintage 500 units per hour, and a marker dot over 90 (DON).

Both the dial and caseback have a significant amount of detail and thought put into them, as the “Au750” dial is contrasted by black-varnish hands and facetted onyx indexes. OMEGA chose to go with a display caseback, revealing the new 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. Presentation-wise, the watch will come in a special 3D-printed, lunar surface “Crater Box.”

Further details include the dates “1969 – 2019” engraved at the back, as well as ““APOLLO 11 – 50th ANNIVERSARY” and “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON” on the PVD circle. This watch is limited to 1,014 pieces, and will retail for a price of approximately $36,000 USD.

For more watch news, TAG Heuer announces a new Monaco watch for its 50th Anniversary.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

OMEGA Returns With Snoopy to Celebrate the Silver Snoopy Award's 50th Anniversary
Watches

OMEGA Returns With Snoopy to Celebrate the Silver Snoopy Award's 50th Anniversary

The Speedy is not a limited edition this time around.

Keep your AirPods Secure With Tapper's Solid 18K Gold Mesh Chain
Fashion

Keep your AirPods Secure With Tapper's Solid 18K Gold Mesh Chain

Priced at €2,900 EUR (approximately $3,450 USD).

'UNO' Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With a Five-Deck Throwback Series
Gaming

'UNO' Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With a Five-Deck Throwback Series

A pack for each decade.


Kickers' Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Luxurious New Pack
Fashion

Kickers' Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Luxurious New Pack

Also introducing its “Class of 50” campaign.

The Regional Release of the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 "Clay" Gets Postponed
Footwear

The Regional Release of the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 "Clay" Gets Postponed

According to YEEZY Mafia.

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y Launch HiSpace & Drop Animated Visual for “Garage Talk”
Music

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y Launch HiSpace & Drop Animated Visual for “Garage Talk”

Bringing back the 2009-era in fashion.

Dominique Ansel Bakery & Shake Shack Come Together on New Breakfast Items
Food & Beverage

Dominique Ansel Bakery & Shake Shack Come Together on New Breakfast Items

From the creator of the Cronut.


The 'Dark Knight' Trilogy is Returning for a 70mm IMAX Tour
Entertainment

The 'Dark Knight' Trilogy is Returning for a 70mm IMAX Tour

“Why..so…serious?”

Nike Unveils New Models With Women's Summer 2019 Footwear Collection
Footwear

Nike Unveils New Models With Women's Summer 2019 Footwear Collection

Innovation meets sustainability.

Microsoft Releases "Phantom White" Special Edition Controller for Xbox One
Gaming

Microsoft Releases "Phantom White" Special Edition Controller for Xbox One

A clean re-imagined see-through look.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.