Well looky here – a limited edition 45th anniversary Apollo 11 Omega Speedmaster! It’s only fitting as Buzz Aldrin was wearing a Speedmaster when he emerged from the capsule on the surface of the moon. Omega has released the Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition, a titanium and Sedna gold Speedmaster with a classic movement and a unique dial.
The 45th Anniversary piece retains key design features. There’s the 42mm Speedmaster case with the signature twisted lugs as well as the dark greyish black bezel with tachymeter scale. It’s not often mentioned, but the Speedmaster was the very first watch with an external tach bezel. Here we also get the three register chronograph layout, simple pump pushers set into the case, and the long, pointed seconds hand. Quite a few things have been changed and updated too. First off, while the case may be the same shape, it’s rendered here in brushed titanium, making the watch extremely lightweight. This is accented by a Senda gold (Omega’s proprietary rose gold) bezel as well as matching hands and markers. It’s a really subtle two-tone effect that even people who aren’t usually fans of two-tone will like.
Inside the Speedmaster 45th Anniversary is a caliber 1861 chronograph movement, a modern evolution of the caliber 321, which was the movement in the actual moon watches. It is manually wound and holds about 48 hours of power. It has also been Rhodium plated, but you cannot see it through the commemorative steel caseback. The Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition is limited to 1969 individually numbered pieces and is priced at $7,700