The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional 35th Moon Landing Anniversary Edition timepiece was launched in 2004 to mark the 35th anniversary the first lunar landing. This historical event also witnessed a rise of legendary line – the OMEGA Speedmaster – in the world of exceptional watches.
Thanks to this unforgettable moment, but more importantly thanks to the expertise and reliability that led to the Speedmaster being selected for manned spaceflight missions in the first place, the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph remains as popular today as ever.
Though the Speedmaster was first launched in 1957, relatively few changes have been made to its design or its movement over the years. In fact, the highly robust case design, totally functional dial and unbeatably reliable movement were instrumental in helping the Speedmaster to become the only chronograph to pass the most stringent tests ever devised for a watch by NASA.
The special edition for the 35th anniversary of the moon landing distinguishes itself in its own original manner with a unique sapphire crystal case back on which the Apollo 11 mission patch is glazed in colour.
The case-back ring bears the special inscription “Apollo 11 35th anniversary Limited Edition” as well as the limited-edition number (0001/3500). The limited-edition status is also confirmed by a subtle inscription below the Omega Speedmaster Professional name on the dial, mentioning merely the date of the Apollo 11 landing “July 20, 1969” in red.
The 35th anniversary Speedmaster has a silver dial with applied hour markers with luminous dots and contrasting black counters for the continuous small seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters. It has the typical Speedmaster stainless-steel bezel with black aluminium ring bearing the tachymeter scale, rhodium-plated hands with SuperLuminova and stainless-steel bracelet with safety clasp.
The movement is the classic Omega hand-winding chronograph calibre 1861, which has a 45-hour power reserve. It is a direct descendant of the original 321 and 861 calibres used in the very first Speedmasters and as such shares the same reliability and resistance that helped its predecessors withstand temperature fluctuations of over 100°C, shocks of 40g, acceleration of 16g and vibrations of between 5 and 2000 Hz during the NASA tests.
This timepiece was produced in limited series of 3500, individually numbered, and bears the Apollo 11 insignia.