In 2002, the astronaut and OMEGA ambassador Eugene Cernan celebrated the 30th anniversary of the day he became the last man to leave his footprint on the Moon.
To mark the occasion, OMEGA launched the Apollo XVII commemorative edition of the Speedmaster Professional: the only chronograph to be flight-qualified by NASA for manned spaceflight.
The production of this timepiece was limited to 3000 pieces, which is distinguished by a special case back bearing an imprint of the original Apollo XVII mission patch worn by the crew. The patch bears the inscription, “E.A.CERNAN APOLLO XVII 12.14.1972 LAST MAN ON THE MOON”.
It houses the calibre 861 that equipped the original Speedmasters. Like all OMEGA movements, it employs the very latest technical standards yet retains its original design: the classic “Moon Watch” features the 1960s black dial with luminous hour markers, luminous hands and stainless steel bezel with a black aluminium ring bearing the tachymeter scale, which allows the calculation of the speed of a moving vehicle or the hourly input of a machine.