COMMEMORATING HUMANITY'S FIRST STEPS IN SPACE
Updated: Nov 26, 2019
On the 21st of July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped off the Eagle to become the first humans to stand on another world. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that moment, OMEGA has crafted a new Limited Edition of 6,969 pieces inspired by Apollo 11.
Ingenious technology was vital for getting astronauts to the moon a theme that has been carried over by the designers at OMEGA. The 42 mm case has been created in stainless steel, while the bezel ring is polished black ceramic [ZrO2]. The bezel is made from polished 18k Moonshine Gold (an exclusive new patent-pending alloy with a paler hue than traditional yellow gold).
Paying homage to one of man's greatest feats, two Apollo 11 tributes are found on the dial. A number “11” features in 18K Moonshine gold at 11 o’clock. More notably, the 9 o’clock subdial shows Buzz Aldrin climbing down onto the lunar surface. This 18K Moonshine Gold subdial is blackened and laser-engraved.
On the dark side of the watch ( excuse the pun!), the wording "One small step for Man - One giant leap for Mankind" along with an astronaut's laser-engraved footprint on the lunar surface, is written in 18K Moonshine Gold-plated lettering.
Powering the OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary is the new hand-wound Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, an evolution of the iconic Calibre 1861. Now crafted with Co-Axial technology, a stop-second function, a silicon Si14 balance spring and superior anti-magnetic innovation.
The bracelet inspired by the one featured on the 4th generation Speedmaster ST 105.012-65 (the one worn on the Moon). Presented in stainless steel it is also adorned with a vintage Ω on the clasp. An additional Velcro strap in blackened cork with golden marks is also included.
To finish the Limited Edition Moonwatch comes with a NASA-style presentation box including both 50th anniversary and Apollo 11 mission patches as well as two engraved plates (landing site coordinates / landing site and time) and a display stand of a Lunar Module.