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Press Release: Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

PRESS INFORMATION 2019

SPEEDMASTER APOLLO 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

There were many world-changing moments that defined the first lunar landing in 1969. From famous words to dusty footprints, it was a mission that remains unforgettable in so many ways. On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, OMEGA is proud to unveil a new Speedmaster Limited Edition that pays tribute to those iconic hours.

Now, you can wear the first watch worn on the moon – and also relive its journey.

STILL A PIONEER

The Speedmaster made watchmaking history on the 21st of July 1969. Today its pioneering spirit still remains through the use of a new material known as 18K Moonshine™ gold. This exclusive patent-pending alloy is a paler hue than traditional yellow gold and offers high resistance to fading over time. As you explore the surface of the watch, you’ll find 18K Moonshine™ gold throughout the design.

ENGINEERING AT ITS BEST

Innovation was key to the Apollo 11 success. OMEGA has followed that theme with a 42 mm case in stainless steel and a polished bezel made from 18K Moonshine™ gold. The bezel ring itself is polished black ceramic [ZrO2] with a radiant OMEGA Ceragold™ tachymeter scale.

Two distinct zones make up the dial, including a varnished central grey zone and an outer black minute track. 18K Moonshine™ gold is used for the bevelled indexes, vintage OMEGA logo and all of the hands – except for the central chronograph seconds hand, which is “PVD-coated” in Moonshine™ Gold.

ICONIC TRIBUTES

Buzz Aldrin was wearing an OMEGA Speedmaster when he climbed down from the Eagle to reach the lunar surface at 03:15:16 UTC. At that second, his timepiece became the first watch worn on the moon. On the 9 o’clock subdial of this new Limited Edition, OMEGA has laser-engraved the image of Buzz on a Moonshine™ Gold plate.

Distinct from all other indexes, the 11 o’clock hour marker is formed by an 18K Moonshine™ Gold number 11, in tribute to the Apollo mission.

Going where no human had gone before. Featured on the caseback is an image of an astronaut’s footprint, which has been laser-engraved onto a black-coated plate with a moon-surface texture.

«THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND». Neil Armstrong’s legendary words have echoed through time. Now, they are written on the caseback of this watch in 18K Moonshine™ Gold-plated lettering.

THE CASEBACK

Only 6,969 pieces are available in this Limited Edition collection. Proud owners will find their unique number engraved in black on the caseback, along with APOLLO 11, 50th ANNIVERSARY and LIMITED EDITION. Also engraved, yet blending in with the steel, are NAIAD LOCK, Cal. 3861 and CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER.

MOONWATCH MOVEMENT

The brand new OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 takes the next evolutionary step for the famous Moonwatch movement. It took 4 years of trial-and-error to create the calibre’s most recent incarnation. OMEGA was determined to produce a movement of the highest standard, yet perfectly match the dimensions of the 1861.

That goal has been achieved. Now crafted with Co-Axial technology, a stop-second function and OMEGA’s superior anti-magnetic innovation, the Speedmaster Moonwatch is resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss and has been able to reach the Master Chronometer standard, which assures the industry’s highest certified level of precision, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance.

ASTRONAUT KIT

The watch is presented on a polished-brushed metallic bracelet with a vintage Ω on the clasp: a design inspired by the bracelet of the 4th generation Speedmaster (ST 105.012-65).

For the customer’s own mission, however, this new Limited Edition comes with another special option.

Inside the NASA-style presentation box, you’ll find an additional Velcro® strap with black-coated cork. This innovative design is a salute to the Apollo-era “boost protective cover” – a fiberglass structure covered with cork which fitted over the Command Module like a glove, keeping the crew of the Saturn V rocket safe from the intense heat produced at launch.

The box also includes two mission patches (50th anniversary / Apollo 11), two engraved plates (landing site coordinates / landing site and time) as well as a strap-changing tool. Best of all, it houses the ultimate Lunar Model display stand.

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.

Press Release: Omega Caliber 3861 – Rocket Engine

PRESS INFORMATION 2019

Introducing the Master Chronometer Calibre 3861: the driving force behind OMEGA’s Apollo 11 tributes and a movement with its own lunar legacy

An OMEGA was the first watch worn on the Moon; and to mark the 50th anniversary of that golden moment the brand has released a collection of commemorative timepieces powered by the Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, a descendent of the movement that went to the Moon.

OMEGA’s legendary Calibre 321 was the direct descendent of the 27 CHRO C12 that was first designed and produced in 1941. Renamed calibre 321 in 1949, the robust and elegant chronograph movement has been a favourite ever since and is still highly sought-after by watch collectors around the world, as it was the 321 that powered the Speedmaster watches qualified by NASA for use on all manned space missions; and a modified version of the calibre drove the Speedmaster chronographs worn by Apollo 11’s astronauts.

In-line with OMEGA’s continuing commitment to innovation and technical advancements, the Calibre 321 evolved to become the Calibre 861, which was used between 1968 and 1997. This was followed by the calibre 1861, which retained the same frequency as the 861, but was made with rhodium-plating.

It took 4 years of trial-and-error to produce the calibre’s most recent incarnation. OMEGA was determined to produce a movement that could be Master Chronometer certified, yet perfectly match the dimensions of the 1861. That meant finding a way to fit all of the new state-of-the-art componentry into a space more suited to an older movement. A challenge certainly, as the 3861 has 240 components compared to the 1861’s 234, but OMEGA’s engineers were up to the task, improving power reserve, chronometric performance and magnetic resistance. Daily deviations were improved from -1+11 to 0+5 seconds, and a stop second function was added, allowing the wearer to stop the seconds hand with a pull of the crown and reset the time with absolute precision.

Thanks to 21st century machining, it was also possible for OMEGA’s engineers to subtly reshape the teeth of the wheels, which allowed for tighter contacts and smoother running. As a tribute to the 1861, the new movement’s frequency remained the same (21,600 v/h). However, the jewel tally was increased from 18 to 26, as eight extra jewels were needed for the upgrade. Half of them to ensure the smooth running of OMEGA’s revolutionary Co-Axial escapement, which had replaced the more traditional Swiss Anchor – and four more for general technical improvements. Another significant change was the complete removal of the frequency regulator. As a moving part, the tiny lever added to the risk of accidental frequency shifts, so the decision was made to do without it. On the new 3861, this was replaced by four adjustable screws on the balance wheel. Thanks to the inclusion of OMEGA’s Co-Axial escapement and silicon Si14 balance spring, the 3861 offers extraordinary levels of magnetic resistance up to 15,000 gauss, and is able to pass the industry’s toughest tests and achieve Master Chronometer certification.

Aesthetically, the latest movement is closer to the 1861’s more beautiful cousin, the 1863, which featured gold engravings and Geneva waves. To match the case materials of the Apollo 11 tributes, two versions of the 3861 were produced: one with rhodium-plated bridges and main plate; and another in gold with a Moonshine™ goldplated finish. The use of Moonshine™ gold-plated main plate and bridges marks another first for the pioneering brand. The innovative patent-pending material was introduced in 2019 to coincide with the lunar landing’s 50th anniversary.

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.

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.

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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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