Though Swiss watchmaking has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance of late, few brands can claim the legend-status of Omega. Their now iconic Speedmaster was, after all, the first watch to go to the moon.
And on that point, it’s been 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, and the Omega Speedmaster was there for the occasion. In honour of the historic event, the Swiss brand has released a Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Featured on the dial, caseback, and bezel is a patent-pending alloy known as 18K Moonshine Gold, which delivers striking colour and considerable durability.
Moonshine Gold, which has been patented by the Swiss watchmaker, is an in-house alloy made from copper, gold and palladium, mixed to a special ratio that is said to mimic the naturally golden lustre of the moon. It’s likely we’ll be seeing more of this material out of Omega’s sizeable, high-tech facility in upcoming collections.
Of course, that’s just one among this watch’s numerous distinctive qualities.
Within the 42mm stainless steel case of the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is a black ceramic bezel with an Omega Ceragold tachymeter scale. Splayed across the dial face are gradients of grey and black, along with flourishes of 18K Moonshine Gold. The 9 o’clock subdial features a laser-engraved image of Buzz Aldrin descending onto the lunar surface.
That visual theme continues onto the caseback, where one will find the image of a footprint as well as various commemorative engravings, including Neil Armstrong’s timeless quote: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Perhaps most impressively, however, is the inclusion of an inset lunar meteorite stone: the wearer can carry a little piece of space on their wrist with them wherever they go.
Under the skin is Omega’s new Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, which hosts a stop-second function and anti-magnetic innovation. The watch includes a polished-brushed metallic bracelet (a Velcro strap is provided as a back-up, after all, that’s what they used in space) and comes in an extraordinary NASA-style box. Limited to 6,969 pieces, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition celebrates history with unmistakable sophistication and style.
Man of Many travelled to Time to Move as a guest of Swatch Group.