One of our friends mailed us these pictures of his stunning Omega Speedmaster Apollo Soyuz Meteorite reference 318.104.22.168.99.001.. One of our favourite Speedmasters from recent years! Although it takes away a bit of the instrumental look of the standard Professional, the Meteorite dial is such a great match to the Moonwatch heritage!
We’ve posted a wristshot of this killer-Speedy before.. But now it’s time to appreciate this stunner in full view. It didn’t come cheap, but to own a piece of outer-space in a watch with the corresponding heritage – isn’t that priceless?
Note: each of these dials displays a unique pattern, and as such there are no two identical examples to be found. Great stuff.
Omega has brought out quite a number of limited edition Speedmasters in the past few years – yes, we’re trying to be understated here. But one of the best has to be the 322.214.171.124.99.001 Apollo-Soyuz. A Speedmaster, Professional nonetheless, with a dial made of a material from outer space? Killer. Due to the nature of meteorite, not a single dial is identical to the next.. And it came with a killer caseback – one of the best ever. Stay tuned for in-depth look of this unique specimen.
The celebration of the historic Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary of the project Test Project mission took place in OMEGA Flagship Boutique in Moscow on Wednesday July 21st 2010.
July 21st 2010 – read more below the gallery
Legendary Soviet cosmonauts Valery Kubasov, Alexei Leonov, and U.S. astronauts Thomas Stafford and Vance Brand opened the unique exhibition of photographs, dedicated to Soyuz-Apollo project. 30 archived photographs reflected the history of this legendary mission have been sorted out to the exhibition by RIA NOVOSTI (Information Agency). During the opening ceremony the cosmonauts and the astronauts left their autographs on the photographs.
Now the exhibition is opened for all the visitors from July 22d to 31st in GUM. During the cocktail evening in OMEGA boutique the legendary cosmonauts were presented the limited edition of OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz “35th Anniversary”. After the awarding ceremony the space heroes had a special surprise – a chocolate Torte with Apollo-Soyuz and OMEGA Speedmaster emblems.
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.
March 17th 2010 – read more below the gallery
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.