4 Reasons Why We Love Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary
1/4 Its link to man's first landing on the moon
On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to have his feet on the surface of the moon, followed by his co-pilot Buzz Aldrin. Guiding them where no man had gone before were the Speedmaster watches strapped on their wrists.
Four years earlier, Omega beat out several watch companies to become the official watch supplier for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program after its Speedmaster survived the rigorous thermal, shock, vibration and vacuum tests.
In November of 1969, four months after the historic landing, Omega presented the Speedmaster BA145.022 watch in yellow gold case and burgundy bezel to Armstrong and Aldrin at the Astronaut Appreciation Dinner in Houston, Texas. The latest Speedmaster is modeled after this watch.
2/4 Same design, different materials
The case is 18k Moonshine gold, a new alloy inspired by “the moonlight in a dark blue sky”. It is paler than traditional yellow gold (the case material for the Armstrong and Aldrin’s Speedmaster) but promises to keep its beautiful lustre longer.
The burgundy bezel is now crafted in ceramic decorated with a tachymeter scale in Ceragold, an Omega-developed technique where gold is incorporated into ceramic.
Meanwhile, the solid gold dial is embellished with indexes set with black onyx.
3/4 A stunning caseback
A ring in Moonshine gold that underwent two separate laser ablation processes and treated in black and blue PVD, frames the sapphire crystal caseback. This method allows for the unique decoration on the ring. There is a partial map of the American continent that included Cape Kennedy (now Cape Canaveral), the lift-off site of Apollo 11. On the opposite side, you will find a domed lunar meteorite inlay of the Moon.
The transparent crystal reveals the Moonshine gold-plated main plate and bridges of the Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, endowed with the Co-Axial escapement and silicon Si14 balance spring.
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4/4 It comes in an awesome box
Unboxing the watch will be as much of a joy. The package features ceramic panels with 3D prints of the moon surface – no two boxes are the same since the panels are structured differently. The top of the box is printed with the image of the Sea of Tranquility, the landing position of the Apollo 11 on the moon.
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