OMEGA celebrates the 45th anniversary of a greatest human achievement by launching a limited edition timepiece. The event traces back to 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the two NASA astronauts who were entrusted with the Apollo 11 lunar mission, became the first human beings ever to set foot on the surface of a celestial body.
This historical event also brought accolades to Swiss watch maker Omega as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin carried an OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronograph during this mission. The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition commemorates the first lunar landing and celebrates its link to the iconic chronograph that was part of the adventure.
Inspired by the colours of the moon and the Apollo 11 lunar and command modules, the Limited Edition timepiece features a grey, completely brushed 42 mm grade-2 titanium case with a touch of gold.
The black PVD dial, with its 30-minute and 12-hour recorders and small seconds sub-dial, has been produced using a special laser which creates the design elements on the watch’s face by removing the material surrounding the name, sub-dial numerals and hour markers. The indexes and hour, minute, seconds and sub-dial hands are crafted from 18K red gold and the central chronograph hand is red gold-plated.
The Super-LumiNova coatings on the hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands as well as the hour markers and two dots at 12 o’clock emit a green light. A box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystal coated with anti-reflective treatment on both sides protects this impressive dial. The 18K OMEGA Sedna™ gold bezel is enhanced by a matt black ceramic ring with a tachymeter scale, a defining design element of the Speedmaster collection.
The screw-in caseback is embossed with the iconic Seahorse emblem and the outer circle is engraved in black with “FLIGHT QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS”, “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON” and “APOLLO 11, 45TH ANNIVERSARY, LIMITED EDITION, 0000/1969”.
The Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition watch is supplied with an NATO-inspired fabric strap. The original NATO straps were created by the British Ministry of Defence in 1973 and OMEGA’s updated version is made from a particularly high-quality material and a new design for additional wearing comfort.
The timepiece has been created in an edition limited to 1,969 pieces. The limited edition number reflects the significant year that the first humans walked on the moon. The Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch is fitted with the calibre 1861, a manual-winding chronograph movement, and offered with a two-year warranty. It is water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet). The watch is delivered in a special presentation box along with its Certificate of Authenticity.