This year marks the 50th-anniversary since mankind took its first daring steps onto the moon. Omega celebrates the occasion with a brand new Speedmaster Moonwatch Anniversary Limited Series, which has a very special connection to the astronauts and the legacy of that Apollo 11 mission. It is only available in 1,014 pieces, delivered with a five-year warranty. Following the famous design of the Speedmaster BA145.022, 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.
A SPECIAL CONNECTION OF OMEGA AND THE APOLLO 11 MISSION
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface on the 21st of July 1969. Their moonwalk lasted just two and a half hours, but their achievements left a defining footprint on the history of space exploration.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional became the first watch worn on the moon. It was during this iconic moment that the Omega Speedmaster Professional became the first watch worn on the moon.
The Apollo 11 mission is certainly the most celebrated moment in Omega’s considerable space heritage. But the journey to reach that point began more than 10 years earlier, in 1957, when the very first Omega Speedmaster was launched. Thanks to its robust, reliable and easy-to-read design, the Speedmaster became known as the “pilots’ choice” and was adopted by those in the U.S Air Force.
Many of those aces became Mercury astronauts in NASA’s first manned space programme and, in 1963, one of those astronauts, Walter Schirra, took his own Speedmaster CK2998 on the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission. Orbiting the Earth six times, his privately-owned model became the first Omega watch worn in space.
By 1964, NASA’s space programme was accelerating rapidly and it officially went in search of one watch that it could rely on for all of its manned-missions. Flight Crew Operations Director, Deke Slayton, issued a request for wrist-worn chronographs from different watch manufacturers around the world.
Several brands, including Omega, submitted their timepieces for the punishing tests – such as thermal, shock, vibration and vacuum examinations amongst others. Only the Omega Speedmaster survived these tests and, as a result, it was declared “Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions” on the 1st of March 1965.
SPECIFICATIONS OF SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED SERIES APOLLO 11, 50th ANNIVERSARY
18K MoonshineTM Gold: case, bracelet & dial.
Inspired by 4th generation, asymmetrical case bands, twisted lugs.
Ceramic [ZrO2], burgundy colour, scaling in OMEGA CeragoldTM.
This Speedmaster is driven by the OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 – a manual- winding movement with Co-Axial escapement, silicon Si14 balance spring, MoonshineTM gold-plated main plate and bridges and burgundy markings.
Vertically-brushed, with “OM” indication next to “Swiss Made” (or massif = solid gold) “Au750” engraved above the centre.
Chrono division 3 per second, in accordance with movement’s frequency.
Skeletonised and filled with black varnish.
In sapphire crystal and special decorative inner ring. The outer case back ring features mechanically engraved markings: “1969-2019” and the Limited Edition number highlighted in burgundy, as well as an uncoloured “Master Chronometer”.
Burgundy touches, on case back ring and on movement Apollo 11 – 50th Anniversary – 1969-2019 The First Watch Worn On The Moon Master Chronometer Watch number: in limited edition form.
A unique watch in a unique presentation box! Inspired by the original packaging of the BA145.022 model in 1969, OMEGA has created a new crater box that will house each Limited Edition timepiece. 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. Furthermore, the top panel of every box is printed with the image of the Sea of Tranquillity and the landing position of Apollo 11.