The constant creation of Omega restricted editions is as of now an old joke in the watch world. It seems like each month there’s another restricted edition release to gape over, celebrating everything from their organization of shops to commemorations of their legacy references. This year, nonetheless, even the most fatigued among us trust that merited releases will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon arrival, an occasion that genuinely changed the world, and is critical to Omega as a company.
In what is very likely a first plunge in the restricted edition pool for the Omega Speedmaster this year, we have a strong gold Speedmaster Professional out of appreciation for the brilliant anniversary of Apollo 11, named the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. This new edition, restricted to 1,014 pieces, is modeled after reference BA145.022, a strong gold Speedmaster delivered somewhere in the range of 1969 and 1973 in restricted amounts, and introduced to space travelers and different dignitaries (counting President Richard Nixon) at the “Astronaut’s Appreciation Dinner” in November of 1969, to honor all that NASA’s best had accomplished in that notable year.
So, this release is basically a restricted edition dependent on the absolute first Omega restricted edition, and it’s a carbon copy for the first, at any rate from the start. This watch is opulent, with a case and bracelet in the thing Omega is calling “Moonshine Gold,” a 18K amalgam. The bezel, in a rich burgundy, is presently in ceramic rather than the customary anodized aluminum (and, to the definite joy of Speedmaster lovers, incorporates the “dot over 90” design that is so pursued in vintage references). The dial is strong gold, normally, and the records are dark onyx. This is maybe the most maximalist understanding of the Speedmaster yet.
What’s new in this watch? The development is a legitimate first for a Speedmaster. The Master Chronometer 3861 is physically wound and highlights Omega’s co-hub escapement. While we’ve seen Omega utilize physically twisted co-hub developments in different watches, including the as of late reported De Ville Tresor celebrating the manufacture’s 125th anniversary, the co-pivotal escapement in a Speedmaster that isn’t programmed is another contort. This move makes certain to please Speedmaster fans who love the exemplary plan of the Moonwatch, however long for a completely current development that exploits all of Omega’s best innovation, Master Chronometer certificate and all.
The open caseback flaunts the new development, and the external ring has its own twists. Representations of the moon and the earth seem to circle each other in the internal case-back ring, and have even been measured to show up in obvious extent — a decent touch. The development is Moonshine Gold plated, and, truly, this watch just wouldn’t work with the more generally mechanical completing of the 861 movement.
This isn’t a Speedmaster for the general population, however it gets back to an energizing time throughout the entire existence of the space program when there was something gigantic and great to celebrate. Considering this watch, one can’t help yet can’t help thinking about what sorts of accomplishments in space investigation we’ll be regarding a long time from now. Hopefully something in red gold will be a fitting method to celebrate. The Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is valued at CHF 32,000. Omega