In July of 2014 Omega introduced a new box set to go with the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, in addition to a new bracelet reference. Below I’ll walk you through all the bits and pieces that come with the ‘Big Box’ Speedmaster Professional – save for the warranty card and it’s sleeve.
Tonight Omega expanded its -by now- vast collection of NATO straps with 24 new variations in celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics. While most of them are very country-specific, I already spotted a few that I think will also look good beyond the Olympics. In this third installment of our Omega NATO update (part 1, part 2), I’ll fill you in on all the details.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional 318.104.22.168.03.001 Apollo 17 45th Anniversary was introduced at BaselWorld 2017 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission. In this post I’ll go over the various elements make this 1972-piece limited edition stand out.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 15 40th Anniversary is a limited edition of 1971 pieces. It was introduced in 2011 in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Apollo 15, which was the fourth of NASA’s six missions to land on the Moon – and the first in which the Lunar Rover was used.
The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 15 sports a couple of cool features that hint to the 1971 mission. The dial is inspired by the official insignia and sports a minute track in blue-white-red. In addition there’s a blue ring around the small seconds subdial at 9:00, and white and red rings around the 12-hour and 30-minute counters respectively. It’s quite subtle, yet it does stand out just enough.
The case back could very well be the main attraction of this Speedy. It’s embossed with an image of the Lunar Rover and the words “APOLLO 15” and “40th ANNIVERSARY”. The outer edge is engraved with “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON”, “JULY 30, 1971” and the limited edition number. Look at it – isn’t it spectacular?
The watch in these pictures is owned by Alon Ben Joseph, CEO of Ace Jewelers. ‘I’ve been using a picture of the Apollo 15 as my desktop background ever since we first got to shoot it in the Ace Photo Studio. At the time of release it didn’t feel right to buy one of these limited editions for myself, as it would mean that one of our clients would not be able to have it. When one was recently offered as part of a trade at one of our boutiques it felt like a second chance, and I was finally able to scratch my itch for this beauty’ said Alon after I took it from his wrist for this shoot. ‘With it’s red, white and blue colors it’s a must-have for every Dutch Speedmaster collector’ he added with a smile 🙂 .
The watch in these pictures is NOT for sale.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3593.20.00 is a 1997 limited edition of 500 pieces created for the Italian market in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Speedmaster. WatchWorks Haarlem sent me a few pics of a NOS example they had in their collection not too long ago, which provided the perfect opportunity for a post on this beautiful Speedmaster specimen.