November 25th 1969, Houston, Astronaut appreciation dinner, Omega presented in honour of the Apollo 11 mission a solid gold Speedmaster. The astronauts who attended received one and 3 were awarded posthumously to the crew of Apollo 1. The case back had a special inscription: ‘ To mark man’s conquest of space with time, trough time, on time’. Each had there on individual number and number inscribed. It was a series of 1014 pieces, numbers 33 till 1000 was put for public sale in 1969. They had a different engraving: ‘Omega Speedmaster, ApolloXI 1969, The first watch worn on the moon. So now exactly 50 years later Omega brings another golden Speedmaster as a tribute to the Apollo XI mission with a fabulous new calibre 3861 co-axial. Also limited to 1014 pieces in so-called ‘Moonshine’ gold.
And now back to the watch we are very proud to present you, the real deal from 1970, number 801 from 1014 watches, delivered and sold in Portugal. This information we know for sure because deep in the basement of Omega there is a treasure with information, the archive. For many years up till today every watch who leaves the factory is being noted into their archive, date when it leaves and wich country delivered to. So this beauty is produced 10th of April and found the first owner in sunny Portugal.
It has a beautiful applied logo and runs on the famous calibre 861. With the round ‘O’, the Swiss made with along the letters OM, meaning Omega massif, because the watch only was delivered on a massif golden bracelet. The burgundy bezel matches incredibly on our private label strap made in the south of Italy. This is a timepiece with a lot of historical elements and a real story to go with it.
Moonshine gold, we like that name for a piece of history that is in a mint condition, running smoothly, including an extract of archive looking for a new owner to continue the story. Are you ready for the next chapter?