On 21 July 1969, Man first set foot on the moon. The space shuffle left an indelible footprint on human history, and while all eyes are on the astronauts’ feet, there was another iconic moment on their wrists: the Omega Speedmaster Professional became the first watch to be worn on the moon.
Fifty years on, Omega marks the success of Apollo 11 (as well as the pivotal point in its space heritage) with a new limited edition Speedmaster — in a new proprietary gold for the golden anniversary. Case, bracelet, dial, hour markers and hands are all crafted in 18K Moonshine gold, which is paler than traditional yellow gold and said to be inspired by “the shining moonlight in a dark blue sky”. Besides its unique hue, the alloy is highly resistant to fading, thus preserving colour and lustre over time.
Other details reference the historic event: the burgundy bezel ring from the commemorative Speedmaster presented to the moon landing heroes in 1969 is updated in ceramic with a Ceragold tachymeter scale, while the caseback lays out the finer details alongside a partial map of the Americas and a lunar meteorite inlay. Limited to 1,014 pieces, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary comes with a five-year warranty and is delivered in a crater presentation box inspired by the original packaging of the tribute model.