50 years ago, humans set foot on the surface of the moon for the first time. This great pioneering work not only rewritten history, but also brought more possibilities for humans to explore space. In order to celebrate the golden anniversary of the 50th anniversary of this major historical event, OMEGA has launched the new Speedmaster series ‘Apollo 11’ 50th Anniversary Limited Edition watch to the legend and execution of Apollo 11 Astronauts on the mission pay tribute.
Omega’s moon landing legend
On July 21, 1969 (UTC), astronaut Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin successively set foot on the moon, realizing the great pioneering work of the first human landing on the moon. This moon walk lasted two and a half hours, leaving an important footprint in the history of human space exploration.
The Omega Speedmaster series of professional chronographs accompanied the astronauts to witness this great moment and became the first watch to land on the moon.
The success of the Apollo 11 mission is undoubtedly an important moment in the Omega space legend. But the beginning of the Omega Space Tour dates back to the birth of the first Speedmaster in 1957.
Omega Speedmaster has become a ‘pilot’s choice’ due to its solid and durable performance and easy-to-read design. It has also become a wrist device for US Air Force pilots when performing missions. Many of their outstanding pilots subsequently joined NASA’s first manned space program. In 1963, astronaut Walter Schirra wore the Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 watch he had personally purchased while performing the ‘Mercury Hercules 8’ mission. This watch accompanied him around the earth in space for six weeks, making it the first Omega watch to enter space.
With the rapid development of the space program, in 1964, NASA began to look for a watch capable of performing all manned space flight missions. To this end, Deke Slayton, the director of the flight mission, solicited chronograph watches from a number of watchmaking brands to meet the needs of space exploration. Omega and several other brands have provided watches to NASA. After undergoing a series of tests including extreme heat, shock, vibration and vacuum, which are close to the limits of the watch, only Omega Speedmaster watches have survived. On March 1, 1965, NASA announced that the Omega Speedmaster was ‘a watch approved to participate in all of its manned space flights.’
Since then, Omega has become the sole watch supplier for NASA’s manned space flight program. The Omega Speedmaster has participated in the ‘Gemini Project’ and the ‘Apollo Project’ with the goal of landing on the moon.
Engineer James Ragan, who is responsible for the watch testing of NASA’s designated manned space mission, commented on the importance of Omega in space missions: ‘The Speedmaster is a spacecraft Spare timekeeping equipment. But if the astronauts lose contact with the ground command center or the electronic timer stops working after the astronauts leave the lunar module, they can only know the time through the Omega Speedmaster on their wrists. Therefore, Watches become essential equipment for astronauts. ‘
In 1969, the Apollo 11 mission attracted worldwide attention, and every link and every part should not be insignificantly different. Because of this, whenever Omega looks back on this history, it is a great honor to be able to participate in this historical task and be given a high degree of trust. Fifty years later, Omega is still proud to record this great moment in human history.
Tribute to heroes
Omega Speedmaster BA145.022
In 1969, the successful landing of Apollo 11 on the moon was warmly celebrated around the world. On November 25th of the same year, an astronaut celebration dinner was held in Houston, Texas to pay tribute to the heroes of the moon landing.
At the dinner, a specially designed Omega Speedmaster watch became the focus of attention. This Speedmaster BA145.022 has a yellow 18K gold case with a rare Burgundy red bezel. The inscription on the front and back: ‘to mark man’s conquest of space with time, through time, on time’, and was given to all astronauts participating in the NASA space program.
This Speedmaster all-gold watch is equipped with a 861 manual-winding movement. It began production in 1969. As of 1973, a total of 1,014 watches were produced. It is the first numbered commemorative watch of Omega. Omega presented the watches numbered 1 and 2 to Richard Nixon, then President of the United States, and Vice President Spiro Agnew, both of which are currently Collected in the Omega Museum.
Omega donated commemorative watches numbered 3 to 28 to NASA astronauts, 19 of which were given to astronauts at the Houston dinner, and 3 were given back to astronauts who died during the Apollo 1 mission. Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee.
The commemorative watches numbered 29 to 32 were presented to Swiss watch industry leaders and dignitaries, but the models were not engraved with limited numbers.
Commemorative watches numbered 33 to 1,000 are on sale. The backs of these watches are engraved with ‘OMEGA SPEEDMASTER’, ‘APOLLO XI 1969’ and ‘及 THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON’. Although the engraved words on these watches are different from those given to astronauts, they are still highly sought after by watch enthusiasts because of their scarce number and their close connection to space exploration. Each watch comes with a special case. The unique shape of the moon pit makes the case itself highly collectable.
In addition, the commemorative watches No. 1,001 to 1,008 were given to astronauts who later performed Apollo 14 and 17, while the watches No. 1,009 to 1,014 were treasured by other celebrities.
For Speedmaster enthusiasts, the Omega Speedmaster BA145.022 is undoubtedly a classic in the history of chronographs. Not only because of the delicate appearance of this watch colliding with gold and Burgundy red, but also because it contains the brand’s high respect for NASA astronauts’ contribution to the cause of human moon landing.
Omega Speedmaster ‘Apollo 11’ 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Watch
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon, Omega released the 50th anniversary limited edition watch of the Speedmaster ‘Apollo 11’, with a limited edition of 1,014 pieces, and enjoyed Omega’s 5-year warranty.
The Omega Speedmaster ‘Apollo 11’ 50th Anniversary Limited Edition watch is based on the classic design of the Speedmaster BA145.022. The case is made of Omega’s innovative 18K alloy and is equipped with the new Omega 3861. Winding movement.
Moonshine ™ 18K Gold
The case, bracelet, dial and hour and minute hands of the new watch are made of Moonshine ™ 18K Gold . Moonshine ™ 18K Gold is a new alloy material whose unique color is inspired by the moonlight in the deep night sky. Compared with the traditional yellow 18K gold, Moonshine ™ 18K gold has more lasting color and gloss, which is lasting.
Case and bracelet
The watch uses the classic asymmetric case of the fourth-generation Omega Speedmaster professional watch. The case diameter is 42 mm and is polished and brushed. The bracelet consists of five side-by-side arched links, which are also polished and brushed, with a folding clasp engraved with the vintage Omega logo.
Burgundy red zirconia ceramic bezel
The bezel of the new timepiece retains the burgundy red of the 1969 commemorative watch and is made of zirconia ceramic, which is an innovative process of Omega. The tachymeter scale on the bezel is made of OMEGA Ceragold® technology, following the design of the tachymeter bezel of the Omega Speedmaster watch from the 1960s. The tachymeter scale value is up to ‘500’, of which the dot of the ’90’ scale is located on the number Above, this bezel detail is also called ‘Dot Over 90’ or ‘DON’.
The fusion of agate and deep black
The watch is made of an all-gold ‘stepped’ dial, which is vertically brushed and marked with the ‘Au750’ stamp. The hour markers are made of finely cut black onyx, and the hour, minute, center hour and small dial hands are covered with black lacquer, making the watch even more eye-catching.
Unique case back design
The outer ring of the new watch is engraved with the words ‘Master Chronometer’, ‘1969-2019’ and limited numbers, of which the words ‘1969-2019’ and limited numbers are embellished with Burgundy red.
The decorative inner ring on the case back is made of Moonshine ™ 18K gold . After two laser ablation and two PVD color treatments, the delicate black and blue patterns finally appear:
-The world map symbolizing the earth is composed of a matte blue marine pattern and polished Moonshine ™ 18K gold continental pattern, where the continental pattern contains the Cape Canaveral rocket launch base for manned space missions (Known as the Kennedy Point from 1963 to 1973).
-Polished ‘APOLLO 11 – 50th ANNIVERSARY’ and ‘THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON’ lettering on a black matte background.
The inner circle of the case back is also inlaid with a meteorite inlay representing the moon. The proportion of the size of the pattern symbolizing the earth and the moon on the back is consistent with its true proportion (3.67: 1). This ingenious design and superb craftsmanship complement each other, making the new watch even more unique.
Zhenzhen Observatory Movement
This Speedmaster Limited Edition is equipped with the Omega 3861 manual-winding Zenith Observatory movement, equipped with a coaxial escapement, a Si14 silicon balance spring, the main splint and other splints are Moonshine ™ 18K gold-plated, and Burgundy Red mark.
Retro brand identity
The dial, crown and buckle of the new watch adopt the retro Omega brand logo. This design will surely attract the love of many Omega Speedmaster enthusiasts.
Lunar Pit Shaped Watch Box
Such a unique watch certainly needs a unique case. The new limited edition watch case is inspired by the 1969 Speedmaster BA145.022 case, and again uses the shape of a lunar crater. The box surface is made of gray ceramic and uses 3D printing technology to represent the shape of the lunar surface. The shape of the box surface is different, so each watch box is unique. Even more subtle, the pattern of the Apollo 11 landing site is printed above each watch box.