Omega’s Luxe 18-Karat Gold Speedmaster Celebrates Apollo 11
By slayday, Mar 14 2019 06:34PM
Luxury watchmaker Omega is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing this year with a brand new “Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition” timepiece. This comes after the brand celebrated the 1968 Apollo 8 mission with a “Dark Side of the Moon” Speedmaster back in December.
As a background story of the new timepiece, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the crew of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission were equipped with the Omega Speedmaster Professional. Omega became NASA’s official supplier of watches after the model emerged among other watch brands as the survivor of several punishing tests. Upon the return of the crew, Omega commissioned commemorative Speedmaster Professionals crafted from 18-karat gold. The watch, model number BA145.022, was limited to 1,014 pieces. Omega says that the first two in the series were given to President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew, with the remaining given to NASA astronauts, Swiss watch industry leaders and politicians, as well as being sold to the public.