It’s a big year for Omega, the maker of the Moon Watch. Not only is it 50 years since man first touched down on the lunar surface, but it’s their inaugural turn at Time to Move, Swatch Group’s answer to Baselworld. As the big, flagship brand there we were expecting some cool pieces; we were not disappointed.
Leaning into the moon landing anniversary, it’s little surprise to see a limited edition tie-in, especially as the previous one – the full gold beauty we covered here – was a little rarefied. Now Omega’s lovely ‘Moonshine Gold’ has been replaced with steel in the latest Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition.
The steel bracelet is taken directly from the original ref. 105.012 but, despite paring back on the precious metals, there’s still a few hints of gold across the dial and signature tachymeter bezel. There are a few more obvious allusions to the golden jubilee however, such as the astronaut and lunar lander depicted on the 9 o’clock seconds subdial and the back, which is printed with the first step on the moon. One giant leap for mankind.
Inside you can find the new Cal. 3861 Co-Axial movement which debuted in the ‘Moonshine’ which has an and improved accuracy to 0+5 seconds per day, and an added resistance to magnetic fields thanks to its new silicon components. This special edition will be limited 6969 pieces, a nod to the year that Apollo 11 landed on the moon of course, not all that exclusive in the grand scheme of limited edition watches.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Case: 42mm diameter, stainless steel case with bezel in 18k Moonshine gold and bezel ring in polished black ceramic
Water Resistance: 50m
Movement: Omega Master Chronometer cal. 3861, automatic
Power Reserve: 50h
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Strap: Steel bracelet with additional black-coated cork strap
Price: CHF 8,900, limited to 6,969 pieces
More information at www.omegawatches.com