Omega Honors Apollo 11 50th Anniversary With New Watch

Omega Honors Apollo 11 50th Anniversary With New Watch

Omega Honors Apollo 11 50th Anniversary With New Watch

The watchmaker is releasing a limited edition version of its Speedmaster, the first watch ever on the moon.

The watchmaker is releasing a limited edition version of its Speedmaster, the first watch ever on the moon.

Text: Julian Wright

It's been 50 years since the first man walked on the moon. That means it's also been 50 years since a watch touched lunar surface, too - Omega sure remembers. After all, its Speedmaster has exclusive rights to that achievement, worn by legendary astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. At 03:15 UTC on that day, the Speedmaster made history. Now, Omega plans to celebrate that history with a limited edition, Apollo 11-themed version of their watch.

Every detail of the Speedmaster Apollo 11 watch commemorates the moon landing. Even the amount of watches made (6,969, to be exact) is a nod to the year it happened. In the spirit of innovation that sparked the mission's success, Omega has unveiled a new alloy for this watch. Aptly named, 18k Moonshine gold is a patent-pending, paler gold alloy with a higher resistance to fading. This 18k Moonshine gold details the watch, including a tribute to the missions number with a gilded 11 o'clock hour marker. The Buzz Aldrin engraving on the watch's subdial is also made from this special metal. On the watch's caseback, one can find an astronaut footprint and Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Omega created a special watch for a truly special day in history.

You can find more details about the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition watch here.

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