The relentless creation of Omega restricted editions is now an old joke in the watch world. It seems like each month there’s another restricted edition release to stare over, celebrating everything from their organization of shops to commemorations of their legacy references. This year, in any case, even the most bored among us trust that merited releases will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon arrival, an occasion that genuinely changed the world, and is vital to Omega as a company.
In what is in all likelihood a first dunk in the restricted edition pool for the Omega Speedmaster this year, we have a strong gold Speedmaster Professional to pay tribute to 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 noteworthy 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, in any event from the outset. This watch is opulent, with a case and bracelet in the thing Omega is calling “Moonshine Gold,” a 18K combination. The bezel, in a rich burgundy, is presently in artistic instead of the conventional anodized aluminum (and, to the definite joy of Speedmaster aficionados, 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 declared De Ville Tresor celebrating the manufacture’s 125th anniversary, the co-pivotal escapement in a Speedmaster that isn’t programmed is another bend. This move makes certain to please Speedmaster fans who love the exemplary plan of the Moonwatch, yet long for a completely present day development that exploits all of Omega’s best innovation, Master Chronometer accreditation 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 inward case-back ring, and have even been measured to show up in evident extent — a decent touch. The development is Moonshine Gold plated, and, truly, this watch just wouldn’t work with the more generally modern completing of the 861 movement.
This isn’t a Speedmaster for the general population, yet it gets back to an energizing time throughout the entire existence of the space program when there was something colossal and amazing 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 respecting 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