After the gold edition Moonshine presented last March, theOMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 back in the steel version for 50th Anniversary of the moon landing.
To commemorate the historic 50th anniversary ofApollo 11, moment in which Neil Armstrong e Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon and took the first space walk, Omega presents a second limited edition of the historic Speedmaster, more accessible for the price, made of steel.
The case maintains its 42 mm in diameter and retains the classic design Speedy asymmetrical, with protected crown and pushers and polished and brushed surfaces. New to the model, however, is the bezel crafted from 18k Moonshine gold, a new exclusive patent-pending alloy with a lighter hue than traditional yellow gold.
The bezel ring is in glossy black ceramic with a Ceragold tachymeter scale.
The dial of theOMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in steel maintains the classic layout of the Moonwatch, however, introduces new colors and specific “memorial” decorations. It features two distinct zones, including a painted central gray area and a blackened outer sector for the minute track.
Moonshine gold was also used for the hands and the vintage Omega logo.
But what makes this commemorative timepiece special is the hour indicator 11 also made in moonshine gold, a clear reference to the space mission and, the dial at 9 o'clock which features the famous image of Buzz Aldrin descending from the ladder onto the lunar surface.
This sub-dial is made of Moonshine Gold and is blackened and laser engraved.
Inside this wonderful OMEGA beats the new chronometer caliber Co-Axial Master Chronometer 3861, an evolution of the iconic caliber 1861. Thanks to the Co-Axial technology, the stop-second function, the silicone spring Si14 and to improved anti-magnetic innovation, lo Speedmaster Moonwatch is now able to reach the standard Master Chronometer. Otherwise, the movement is similar to the old 1861, with the same architecture and 48-hour power reserve. The movement is rhodium-plated.
The OMEGA caseback Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary includes references related to the moon landing, the blackened decoration is a laser-engraved imprint representing humanity's first step on the lunar surface.
The legendary Neil Armstrong quote:
"A SMALL STEP FOR MAN, A GREAT STEP FOR HUMANITY"
it is also visible in the golden letters.
New for this watch is the unprecedented bracelet with a vintage look, inspired by the one present on the fourth generation Speedmaster worn on the Moon, adorned with a vintage Ω on the buckle. Also included is a blackened Velcro strap with gold markings.
The steel version of theOMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition will be delivered in a NASA-style presentation box that includes two mission patches (50th anniversary, Apollo 11), two engraved plates (landing site coordinates, landing site and time), as well as the spare strap and tool to change it. But above all, a full-scale lunar module. Limited to 6.969 units, it will have a price of 9.200 EURO.