Likely, the biggest moon-themed Omega watch of this anniversary year. And there’s some extra artistic touch too.
While there’s clearly more than one anniversary Speedmaster released this year, the watch still feels quite special. First of all – and we really do mean it’s the first thing you’ll notice – there’s a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock featuring a laser-engraved picture of Buzz Aldrin on his way from the lunar module to the Moon surface. While it may raise some controversy among purists, it’s nice to know, the picture is historically correct and follows the actual photo taken by Neil Armstrong. The thing is, Buzz was wearing the Speedmaster that very moment, so the picture shows us the exact story of Omega landing the Moon. And you can only blame history for this not-very-heroic angle we see Buzz at the sub-dial.
The 42-mm steel case of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary is paired by a yellow gold bezel featuring a black ceramic insert with a golden tachymeter scale. The hands and hour markers (including the one marked as ’11’ for obvious reasons) are also made of yellow gold. The watch is powered by the in-house co-axial 3861 hand-wound movement, certified by METAS as a master chronometer. The caseback is solid though, so no staring at the action inside this time. Instead, there’s a famous Neil Armstrong quote about ‘one small step’ as well as the laser-engraved footprint on the solid caseback. The piece comes on a steel bracelet with additional historically correct blackened cork strap. The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary is a limited, yet definitely not a low-rate edition of 6,969 pieces. The pricing is slightly north of CHF9500.