Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands On   hands on

2014 seems to be the year of a surprisingly large number of re-released and redesigned versions of historically important watches, and Omega certainly has its share of that by debuting the Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition (yes, that), a limited edition of 1969 pieces, dedicated to the Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph which Buzz Aldrin had strapped around his spacesuit at the time he first descended onto the Moon.

There are moments that simply cannot be replicated and without a shadow of a doubt such are the firsts. These are often the most memorable, the most talked about, and the ones that are written into the books of history. And when a brand has taken its share from one or more of these greatly important occasions, it will go out of its way to let you know about it–and then remember it. There can be no doubt in that us humans reaching and (sort of) conquering another heavenly body is among the greatest moments in our history, and so it is of no surprise that Omega likes to time after time pay tribute to one their watches that directly participated in that achievement. Let's see how the model dedicated to the 45th anniversary translates all that into a tangible form.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands On   hands on

The watch industry is at a point where tributes or collaborations while certainly can be, are really truly not recommended to be treated negligently. Consumers of any and all price segments expect more than a fancy box or some script on the case back; gone are the times when a more important anniversary could be ticked from the list with a pale effort in creating yet another limited edition. To lend some festive flair to the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11, Omega designed and equipped this piece in a way that corresponds to its 45-year old space-age heritage.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Watch Hands On   hands on

Speaking of aesthetics first, the most unusual aspect to this novelty has to be the unicolor PVD dial, carrying on the tri-compax layout with the 60-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters as well as the running seconds. Omega repeatedly refers to the dial as being black and yet displays it as nothing but brown on all its official images. As an ironic turn of events, in person and under most lighting conditions it will actually appear as gray with an occasional brownish hue to it. With that said, this is a completely new dial that showcases a new manufacturing process, lending the monochrome look a most unique appearance.

So, what makes the dial unique (beyond the apparently undefinable color scheme) is the way it is produced: a single slate of PVD coated base is used, from which a micro-laser removes material with truly amazing precision. It cuts out the recesses for the subdials and creates the extremely fine protrusions for the indexes; not including of course the hand-applied red gold indexes and the luminous hour markers. The result is interesting in that not only has this new dial considerable depth and "three-dimensionality" to it, it also appears to have been made with exceptional precision–something that we have surely grown to expect from Omega...

6 comments
MikeinFrankfurt
MikeinFrankfurt

Gotta say, the annual special editions that Omega rolls out usually do nothing for me, but I saw this yesterday at Basel and it was beautiful.  The color combo works and gives it a really smooth look.  I was trying to remember what it reminded me of color-wise and there's something that evokes the old IWC Porsche watches on rubber...odd, but neat.


See it in person, then decide. 

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

Ah yes, the 45th anniversary, also known as the golden-less-ten-percent anniversary... Well, 45 is an important number because it is ummm... 5 times 9.....

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

The dial is beautifully made and the dimensionality is very appealing.  I'm just a little torn by the colour scheme.  I feel that for the rather cool stealthy look, the gold highlights are a little fashion-blingy.  If the Omega logo and text were also in gold it might look more balanced.  As it is, from a distance you can't really tell what it is, because the colour scheme is so unusual for Omega.  Overall it's really quite nice and I hope they take this concept and run with it by adding a few variants.  Simple mirrored silver highlights and a more obvious logo, and i'd be harvesting thousands more body parts to exchange for this piece.

Frauss
Frauss

@Ulysses31  With the foreskins all gone, what is your body part of choice now?

hobycook
hobycook

I was thinking I'd offer another body part I have two of..