This is it – the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary watch we’ve all been ready for since Baselworld 2018 and earlier than, realizing full effectively that the 50th anniversary of an important moon mission in human historical past was coming in July of 2019. Nicely, regardless of loads of sellers seeing it only a few quick days earlier than Baselworld, whispering hints like “two-tone bezel” and “laser-engraved footprint” in hushed tones across the present, the entire design has impressively been in any other case saved below wraps till Omega lifted the lid this week, in Switzerland.
That includes a stable chrome steel bracelet and 42mm case with few prospers of Omega’s new Moonshine gold that debuted on the stable gold variant earlier this 12 months, the brand new metal variant is proscribed to six,969 items, carrying plenty of design cues impressed by the historic Apollo 11 moon mission, together with a 9 o’clock subdial exhibiting Buzz Aldrin climbing down the lunar module’s ladder, whereas the Naiad-locked caseback incorporates a deep laser-engraved reduction of an astronaut’s footprint juxtaposed with Neil Armstrong’s well-known “one small step” quote. Again on the dial, you’ll additionally discover the utilized “11” Arabic hour numeral changing the baton marker at that spot. In contrast to the stable gold anniversary version, which had a pink ceramic bezel ring, the stainless variant will get it in polished black ceramic with a Ceragold tachymeter scale.
Additionally just like the stable gold variant, the brand new 50th Anniversary Metal model is fitted with Omega’s latest manually wound motion, caliber 3861, which will get will get the Grasp Chronometer certification – a primary for this motion in a stainless steel-cased watch and one other signal that the usual Speedmaster Professionals are seemingly subsequent in line to get these upgraded actions. The entire watch is packaged in a really cool presentation case that features a lunar module “show” mannequin, a viewing loupe, two patches from the Apollo mission, and a spare cork-coated Velcro strap together with the requisite strap-changing device.
Mannequin: Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Restricted Version (ref. 310.20.42.50.01.zero01)
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Case Materials: Chrome steel with Moonshine Gold bezel
Crystal/Lens: Flat scratch‑resistant sapphire crystal with anti‑reflective remedy on either side
Motion: Omega cal. 3861
Energy Reserve: 50 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Chrome steel bracelet, additionally contains black-coated cork strap with Velcro closure
Worth & Availability: $9,650, July 2019
6,969 watches is an terrible lot for a “restricted version,” although it’s a technique we’ve seen time and time once more from Omega – and within the occasion of such a legendary model property (the Speedmaster) and an equally legendary second in historical past (the moon touchdown), as a reasonably tasteful execution rendered within the at present en-vogue two-tone pattern, it’s unlikely that these’ll languish on boutique cabinets for lengthy, as soon as out there later this summer season. Once more the worth for the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary in Stainless Metal is $9,650, and boutiques expect to see these beginning in July. omegawatches.com