Paying homage to the Apollo 11, the first manned mission to land on the moon, Omega brings us the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, a limited edition timepiece featuring a stunning moonshine gold chronograph. When the Apollo 11 touched down on the moon back in 1969, Omega created 1,014 gold Speedmasters, gifting 26 of them to NASA’s astronauts. 50 years later, this new design seeks to recreate the original. And with this being the “Golden” Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this timepiece comes decked out in 18K moonshine gold.
As explained on Omega’s website, 18K moonshine gold is “a new patent-pending alloy that is a paler hue than traditional yellow gold and offers high resistance to fading.” For a full presentation of this moonshine gold on moonshine gold timepiece, please view our partner, WatchAdvisor’s hands-on display, in which Omega Vice President of Product & Customer Service introduces the decorative piece.
The exclusive timepiece, limited to 1,014 total, boasts a 42 mm moonshine gold case, a burgundy ceramic bezel ring, a moonshine gold bracelet, as well as an extravagant caseback, which includes part of a world map and a lunar meteorite.
This Speedmaster specifically contains an Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 which, according to Omega, is “a bold evolution of Omega’s famous Calibre 1861. As the brand’s first manual-winding chronograph movement to be Master Chronometer certified, it includes gold plated bridges, burgundy markings and Co-Axial technology.”
Just as they did back in 1969 for the original release, Omega will package this LE inside of a 3D-printed lunar surface, crater box.
Along with this impressive timepiece, the luxury watch brand plans to release an Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary absent the moonshine gold. This piece will also be limited, with 6,969 total units being produced.
On each of these famous quinquennial celebrations, where Omega releases a limited Speedmaster, the brilliance of Omega’s work is clearly demonstrated. And with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, alongside the release of this beautiful timepiece, it is only fitting label this, “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
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