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A few more details: the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001

Yesterday Omega finally released the much-anticipated Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001, a limited edition Speedmaster created in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

As we’ve come to expect from Omega, the watch is chockfull of details that refer to its raison d’être, new technical wizardry, and hints to the deep history of the Speedmaster in general. Now that the dust has settled a bit, let’s go over a couple;

DON

First seen (again) on the Ultraman, back for the Moonshine 310.60.42.50.99.001, and now on the 310.20.42.50.01.001: the Dot Over Ninety (DON) tachymeter inlay. The DON bezels were found, in various guises, on Speedies produced up to approx. 1970, which explains the historical significance. On this latest Speedmaster it is done in black ceramic.

Buzz Aldrin & the Lunar Module

At 9:00 we find an image of Buzz Aldrin stepping out of the lunar module, based on a photograph taken by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, with a 70mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA).

APOLLO 11 ONBOARD PHOTO: ASTRONAUT ALDRIN, EDWIN-E., JR. EGRESSES LUNAR MODULE.

The engraving, done by laser on a plate of Moonshine gold, is particularly finely done – as shown in this close-up by Omega;

Eleven

Another reference to Apollo 11 is found at 11:00, where the stick markers sees itself replaced by an Arabic eleven. I must shamefully admit that I only noticed this today!

More interesting bits are found on the back.

The Footstep – of A Man?

The case back does not offer a view of the new rhodium-plated caliber 3861. Rather it shows an image of an astronaut’s bootprint in the lunar soil, photographed with a 70mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon. It is done on a brass base.

Then of course there’s the A man versus Man debate. I’ll stick to a Wikipedia quote here;

Armstrong intended to say “That’s one small step for a man”, but the word “a” is not audible in the transmission, and thus was not initially reported by most observers of the live broadcast. When later asked about his quote, Armstrong said he believed he said “for a man”, and subsequent printed versions of the quote included the “a” in square brackets. One explanation for the absence may be that his accent caused him to slur the words “for a” together; another is the intermittent nature of the audio and video links to Earth, partly because of storms near Parkes Observatory. More recent digital analysis of the tape claims to reveal the “a” may have been spoken but obscured by static.

NAIAD

Last-but-not-least: the NAIAD-locked case back. Omega introduced this tech on the Deep Black version of the Planet Ocean back in 2016. It basically ensures that the engravings on the case back are always properly aligned. It is similar, if not the same, to what used to be known as a bayonet case back. This is the first Speedmaster Professional to be fitted with such a back.

The Omega Speedmaster 310.20.42.50.01.001 is a tribute to the Apollo 11 mission, but it also very much feels like an exercise in seeing what can be improved on the template that the classic Speedmaster Pro offers – in terms of both tech as well as finish. I suppose in time we’ll see our beloved Moonwatch updated with things such as a ceramic bezel insert, the METAS-certified 3861, and a nice NAIAD-locked case back – plus the price tag to match.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001 is available for pre-order at Ace Jewelers.

More information is available on WatchBase.

It’s here: the Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001 in stainless steel & Moonshine gold!

It’s finally here: the 2019 Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001 in stainless steel & Moonshine gold!

Ever since the March release of the Moonshine gold 310.60.42.50.99.001 there’s been a huge amount of rumours and speculation regarding the stainless steel variation. Well, today it’s finally here! Please welcome the Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001!

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001 has a stainless steel case of 42mm, which is crowned by a bezel in Omega’s proprietary Moonshine yellow gold. The inlay is ceramic with the text and numerals done using the Ceragold technique. The dial is two tone – a grey center with a black outer-rim and black sub dials. It features applied Moonshine gold indexes and has a laser-engraved image of Buzz Aldrin stepping out of the lunar module at 9:00.

Like its gold brother, the 310.20.42.50.01.001 is powered by the brand-new caliber 3861 – though it is finished with rhodium-plated rather than Moonshine bridges. While based on the trusted (1)861, this caliber sports all of Omega’s 21st century tech such as a co-axial escapement, a Si14 hairspring and hacking seconds. It is METAS-certified.

Don’t get your hopes up though: the movement is hidden from view by a closed case back. In the center there’s an insert with an image of Buzz Aldrin’s footstep on the moon plus the famous words THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN and ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001 comes fitted with a new bracelet that’s made to resemble the bracelet found on the watches used for the Apollo 11 mission –  the ref 020STZ011626. A cork-covered velcro strap is included in the package.

As we’ve come to expect from Omega in recent years, the box-set is a work of art. It has goodies such as two patches, a loupe, a strap-changing tool and the aforementioned extra strap. The watch itself is placed on a Lunar Module model.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001 is available for pre-order at Ace Jewelers.

More information is available on WatchBase.

Omega Speedmaster price increase May 2019

Omega watches will undergo a price increase effective May 1st of 2019.

Below you’ll find the latest prices for various Speedmaster watches. The price increase also affects limited edition watches such as the SpeedyTuesday, the Speedmaster Hodinkee H10, and yet-to-be-delivered models like the ceramic Speedmaster Apollo 8. I believe the last price increase prior to this was in 2017, although the Speedmaster Professional also got an adjustment in January of this year – which does not exempt it from this round of increases.

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For charts per reference, please lookup your favorite Speedmaster on WatchBase.

Reference Description NEW OLD CHANGE
30423445206001 W SP MOON III 44.25 ST-YG/L GREY € 12.200 € 12.000 € 200
30423445213001 W SP MOON III 44.25 ST-NY/L BROWN € 12.200 € 12.000 € 200
30430445201001 W SP MOON III 44.25 ST/ST BLK € 9.900 € 9.600 € 300
30433445201001 W SP MOON III 44.25 ST/L BLK € 9.600 € 9.600 € 0
30433445203001 W SP MOON III 44.25 ST/L BLUE € 9.600 € 9.500 € 100
30463445201001 W SP MOON III 44.25 NY/L BLK € 25.100 € 24.700 € 400
30463445202001 W SP MOON III 44.25 YG/L SILV € 25.100 € 24.700 € 400
30493445203001 W SP MOON III 44.25 CR/L BLUE € 12.000 € 11.800 € 200
30493445203002 W SP MOON III 44.25 CR/L BLUE € 13.000 € 12.800 € 200
30493445299001 W SP MOON III LQMT 44.25 PT/L PLATIN LE € 46.100 € 45.400 € 700
30493445299002 X € 51.300 € 51.300 € 0
30493445299003 X € 58.400 € 58.400 € 0
30493445299004 X € 51.300 € 51.300 € 0
31020425001001 W SP MOON IV 42/ST-YG MOON ST BLK LE € 9.100 € 9.100 € 0
31060425099001 W SP MOON IV APOLLO 11 50TH 42 YG/YG LE € 32.800 € 32.300 € 500
31110393001001 W SP MOON P II 60TH 39 ST/ST BLK LE € 6.900 € 6.800 € 100
31110393001002 W SP MOON P II TRILOGY 39 ST/ST BLK LE € 6.900 € 6.800 € 100
31130423001005 W SP MOON P II 42 ST/ST BLK € 4.700 € 4.600 € 100
31130423001006 W SP MOON P II 42 ST/ST BLK € 5.500 € 5.400 € 100
31130423003001 W SP MOON P II APO XVII 42 ST/ST BLUE LE € 6.200 € 6.100 € 100
31130423099002 W SP MOON P II APO XVII 42 ST/ST SILV LE € 6.200 € 5.900 € 300
31130445101001 W SP MOON P II SPLIT 44.25 ST/ST BLK LE € 13.900 € 13.400 € 500
31132403001001 W SP MOON P II FIRST 39.7 ST/L BLK NE € 4.500 € 4.300 € 200
31132403002001 W SP MOON P II CK 2998 39.7 ST/L BLK LE € 5.500 € 5.400 € 100
31132403006001 W SP MOON P II 40 ST/L GREY LE € 5.800 € 5.800 € 0
31132423001001 W SP MOON P II TUES 42 ST/L BLK GREY LE € 5.500 € 5.400 € 100
31132423004003 W SP MOON P II APO SNOOP 42 ST/T WHIT LE € 6.300 € 6.000 € 300
31133403002001 W SP MOON P II CK 2998 39.7 ST/L SILV LE € 5.500 € 5.300 € 200
31133423001001 W SP MOON P II 42 ST/L BLK € 4.600 € 4.500 € 100
31133423001002 W SP MOON P II 42 ST/L BLK € 5.400 € 5.300 € 100
31133425001001 W SP MOON P II 50TH 42/ST ST BLK LE € 10.300 € 10.300 € 0
31163423003001 W SP MOON P II APO XVII 42 YG/L BLUE LE € 19.000 € 18.700 € 300
31163445101001 W SP MOON P II 2 CNT 44.25 OG/L BLK € 22.700 € 21.800 € 900
31163445106001 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR-G/L GREY € 12.800 € 12.300 € 500
31163445199001 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR-G/L GREY € 13.300 € 12.800 € 500
31163445199002 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR-G/L GREY € 12.500 € 12.300 € 200
31190445103001 W SP MOON P II 2 CNT 44.25 TI/TI BLUE € 9.700 € 9.300 € 400
31192443001001 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/L BLK € 9.200 € 9.100 € 100
31192445101003 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/T BLK € 10.300 € 9.800 € 500
31192445101004 W SP MOON P II PITCH/BLK 44.25 CR/L BLK € 11.100 € 10.600 € 500
31192445101005 W SP MOON P II BLK 44.25 CR/T BLK € 11.100 € 10.600 € 500
31192445101006 W SP MOON P II VINT/BLK 44.25 CR/L BLK € 11.100 € 10.600 € 500
31192445101007 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/T BLK € 11.100 € 10.600 € 500
31193445103001 W SP MOON P II 44.25 TI/L BLUE € 9.100 € 8.800 € 300
31193445104002 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/L WHIT € 11.100 € 10.600 € 500
31193445199001 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/L PLATIN € 10.800 € 10.300 € 500
31193445199002 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/L PLATIN € 11.600 € 10.800 € 800
31198445151001 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/L BLK € 21.500 € 20.700 € 800
31198445155001 W SP MOON P II 44.25 CR/L M WHIT € 22.000 € 21.200 € 800
31890457901001 W SP X-33 45 TI/TI BLK € 5.000 € 4.900 € 100
31892457901001 W SP X-33 NEW ZEL 45 TI/R-T BLK LE € 5.000 € 4.900 € 100
31892457903001 W SP X-33 SOLAR IMPULSE 45 TI/T BLUE LE € 5.000 € 4.900 € 100
32423385002001 W SP 38MM 38 ST-YG/L SILV € 5.800 € 5.700 € 100
32423385002002 W SP 38MM 38 ST-NY/L SILV € 5.800 € 5.700 € 100
32428385002001 W SP 38MM 38 ST-YG/L SILV € 8.800 € 8.700 € 100
32428385002002 W SP 38MM 38 ST-NY/L SILV € 8.800 € 8.700 € 100
32430385001001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/ST BLK € 4.800 € 4.500 € 300
32430385002001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/ST SILV € 4.800 € 4.500 € 300
32430385003001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/ST BLUE € 4.800 € 4.500 € 300
32430385003002 W SP 38MM 38 ST/ST BLUE € 4.800 € 4.500 € 300
32430385006001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/ST GREY € 4.800 € 4.500 € 300
32430385055001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/ST WHIT € 5.800 € 5.500 € 300
32432385002001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/L SILV € 4.500 € 4.400 € 100
32432385006001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/L GREY € 4.500 € 4.400 € 100
32438385002001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/L SILV € 7.600 € 7.500 € 100
32438385003001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/L BLUE € 7.600 € 7.500 € 100
32438385006001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/L GREY € 7.600 € 7.500 € 100
32438385055001 W SP 38MM 38 ST/L M WHIT € 8.600 € 8.500 € 100
32590437901001 W SP Z33 43 TI/TI BLK € 5.600 € 5.500 € 100
32592437901001 W SP Z33 43 TI/R BLK € 5.000 € 4.900 € 100
32592437901002 W SP Z33 43 TI/L BLK € 5.000 € 4.900 € 100
32710435001001 W SP MARK II 42.5 ST/ST BLK € 5.300 € 5.200 € 100
32710435006001 W SP MARK II 42.5 ST/ST GREY € 5.300 € 5.200 € 100
32720435001001 W SP MARK II 42.5 ST-NY/ST-NY GREY € 9.700 € 9.600 € 100
32923445106001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST-NY/L GREY € 10.600 € 10.400 € 200
32930445101001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/ST BLK € 8.300 € 8.000 € 300
32930445101002 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/ST BLK € 8.300 € 8.000 € 300
32930445104001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/ST WHIT € 8.300 € 8.000 € 300
32930445106001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/ST GREY € 8.300 € 8.000 € 300
32932445101001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/L BLK € 8.000 € 7.900 € 100
32932445106001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/L GREY € 8.000 € 7.900 € 100
32933445101001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/L BLK € 8.000 € 7.900 € 100
32933445104001 W SP RACING II 44.25 ST/L WHIT € 8.000 € 7.900 € 100
32953445103001 W SP RACING II 44.25 NY/L BLUE € 23.300 € 22.900 € 400
33110425101001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/ST BLK € 7.900 € 7.400 € 500
33110425101002 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/ST BLK € 7.900 € 7.400 € 500
33110425102002 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/ST SILV € 8.000 € 7.500 € 500
33110425103001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/ST BLUE € 7.900 € 7.400 € 500
33112425101001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/L BLK € 7.600 € 7.300 € 300
33112425101002 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/L BLK € 7.600 € 7.300 € 300
33112425102002 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/L SILV € 7.700 € 7.400 € 300
33112425103001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST/L BLUE € 7.600 € 7.300 € 300
33120425101002 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST-RG/ST-RG BLK € 12.800 € 12.300 € 500
33120425102001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST-YG/ST-YG SILV € 12.800 € 12.300 € 500
33122425101001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 ST-RG/L BLK € 9.300 € 9.000 € 300
33150425102001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 YG/YG SILV € 30.800 € 29.500 € 1.300
33150425102002 W SP ’57 II 41.5 RG/RG SILV € 30.800 € 29.500 € 1.300
33153425102001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 YG/L SILV € 22.900 € 22.000 € 900
33153425102002 W SP ’57 II 41.5 RG/L SILV € 22.900 € 22.000 € 900
33190425104001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 TI/TI WHIT € 9.700 € 9.300 € 400
33192425104001 W SP ’57 II 41.5 TI/L WHIT € 9.100 € 8.800 € 300

 

Press Kit Apollo 11

The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is fast approaching. Of course us Speedmaster nuts are all [im]patiently awaiting even the tiniest bits of information on the commemorative Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 50th anniversary watches. Today I don’t have such info*. I did dig up something else!

*turns out the Apollo 11 50th anniversary watch was actually launched today. What are the odds?

Below are a few cool images taken from the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission press kit by NASA. The full .pdf can be seen and downloaded at this link.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Speedy Tuesday 2 Ultraman: What’s in the Box?

A few hours ago we were delivered the our first Omega Speedmaster Professional Speedy Tuesday 2 Ultraman – it’s such an honor that many of you chose to have them delivered at us! This gave us the chance to do another ‘What’s in the Box’ too – so here we go!

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