Omega Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing with the Speedmaster Apollo 11 Anniversary Edition
Article By: Logan Hannen
FROM THE PRESS | MAY 23, 2019
During the Swatch Group’s “Time to Move” event, press were invited on a tour of all of the Swatch Group brands’ facilities as the company’s alternative to the annual Baselworld Fair, which they pulled out of for 2019.
The most hotly anticipated of these releases came from Omega, whose legendary Moonwatch seemed all but certain to receive a special edition model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this year. Sure enough, the brand did not disappoint.
The special edition in question is the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, a class Moonwatch in many respects, but with a few changes that highlight not only the history of this iconic timepiece, but also its future.
The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Case Diameter: 42mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Double AR Coated Sapphire
Water Resistance: 50 meter
In terms of its case, the Apollo 11 limited edition is the same 42mm stainless steel professional Speedmaster case that has been used for decades. It features integrated crown/pusher guards on the right-hand side of the case, along with twisted lugs. Where things begin to get unique is in the bracelet.
While traditional Speedmaster models use a bracelet that is more rounded in profile, with ovular lugs and a primarily brushed finish, the Apollo 11 edition features the return of the so-called “flat-link” bracelet used on 4th generation Speedmasters. It’s a bracelet that hasn’t been seen since the Trilogy edition of the Speedmaster from 2017. Its design is, as the name implies, much flatter, using more starkly geometric shaped links that are polished on the outer flank with a brushed center link.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition Caseback
Powering the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition is the Omega Caliber 3861, a manual winding movement featuring the Co-Axial escapement. The movement is a certified Master Chronometer, and is resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 Gauss. Though a number of watch enthusiasts anticipated that it would be this release that would signify the official return of the legendary caliber 321, the movement that actually did go to the moon, Omega has confirmed that the 321 would not be reintroduced until later in 2019 for official release in 2020.
The dial of the watch is primarily executed in a textured charcoal color, to mimic the surface of the moon. It is accented by Omega’s proprietary 18k Moonshine Gold, a gold alloy that is designed to be slightly duller than typical yellow gold, and thus less susceptible to fading and wear, and which is also used for the hands. At 9 o’clock, there is a Moonshine gold drawing of Buzz Aldrin as he exits the rover and makes his way to the lunar surface.
Closeup of the 9 O’Clock Subdial on the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition
The bezel is made from the same 18k Moonshine Gold, with black ceramic inlay and 18k Ceragold, another Omega proprietary alloy, for the tachymeter text.
Limited to 6,969 pieces, the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary limited edition will be priced at $9,650, and will be available from July 2019.
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