Press Release – Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary 311.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary 311.

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission is remembered for its political, technological and historical significance. It was the first time that spacecraft built by different nations had docked and it signalled an era of cooperation in space which would lead to the efforts to build a permanently occupied space station.

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Political history in space

On July 17, 1975, astronaut Lieutenant General Thomas P. Stafford (USA) and cosmonaut Lieutenant General Alexei A. Leonov (USSR) met in the docking hatch which linked their respective spacecraft.  On their wrists, these space pioneers each wore OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronographs.

The mission also marked the last launch of an Apollo spacecraft.

Commemorating a hand shake

The 35th anniversary of their historic handshake is commemorated with the release of the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz “35th Anniversary” chronograph in a limited edition of 1975 watches.

A meteorite dial 

The dial has been created from a meteorite which survived its entry into our planet’s atmosphere and the high-speed impact with the terrestrial surface. The meteorite’s unusual structure is the result its very high temperature when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, followed by a period of cooling.

The dial is a single piece cut from the meteorite; accordingly, because no two pieces of the meteorite are exactly alike, each watch in this limited edition is absolutely unique.The black colour of the meteorite dial is the result of a surface oxidation process. The silvery seconds hand and chronograph counters appear in the meteorite’s natural colour.