50 Years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, stepped off the Eagle to become the first humans to stand on the moon. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that moment, OMEGA introduced a second limited edition (6,969 Pieces) timepiece inspired by Apollo 11, only this time in Steel. Meet the new OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Steel Limited Edition.
Continuing on from the Moonshine gold Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition released in March this year, the new steel version measures 42mm in diameter and retains all the elemets of a classic speedmaster watch. Despite its thickness, the watch is quite sturdy and extremely comfortable to wear.
Leading the way in design, the indexes, bezel, OMEGA logo and almost all of the hands have been created in 18K Moonshine™ Gold – a new patent-pending alloy that is a paler hue than traditional yellow gold and offers high resistance to fading. The dial is grey on the inside and black on the outside and features the classic layout of the Moonwatch. What’s even more interesting is the sub dial at 9 o clock which shows Buzz Aldrin climbing down onto the lunar surface. The18K Moonshine™ Gold sub dial is blackened and laser-engraved. A number “11” features in 18K Moonshine™ Gold at 11 o’clock as a tribute to Apollo 11.
The NAIAD LOCK caseback reveals numerous engravings, while a laser-engraved astronaut’s footprint is positioned on a medallion under the sapphire crystal. 18K Moonshine™ Gold-plated lettering includes the quote: “THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN” and “ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND”.
Powering the watch is a new hand-wound Calibre 3861 Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement. Crafted with Co-Axial and anti-magnetic technology, it now reaches the superior Master Chronometer standard of precision, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance.
Also included is an additional Velcro® strap in blackened cork with golden marks. This is a salute to the Apollo-era “boost protective cover” – a fiberglass structure covered with thick cork ablator, which protected the crew from intense heat during launch.