Omega Celebrates 'Iconic Hours' of Apollo 11 With New Speedmaster Moonwatch

Space.com | 5/20/2019 | Robert Z. Pearlman
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A new chronograph captures the time, 50 years ago, when the first wristwatch was worn on the surface of the moon.

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin became the second human to walk on the moon — and the first to wear a watch while doing so. Now, half a century later, the maker of that well-traveled timepiece has included that detail on the face of a new, limited edition watch created to commemorate the mission's 50th anniversary.

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"The 9 o'clock subdial shows Buzz Aldrin climbing down onto the lunar surface," writes Omega on its website, describing the "Moonshine Gold" subdial that is laser engraved with Aldrin's image on its newly-revealed Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition watch.

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Two Apollo 11 tributes are found on the dial of the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. A number "11" features in 18K Moonshine Gold at 11 o'clock. More notably, the 9 o'clock subdial shows Buzz Aldrin climbing down to the surface.

Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins each wore a NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster on the Apollo 11 mission. After Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon, Armstrong chose to leave his Speedmaster inside the lunar module as a backup to an on board timer. As such, Aldrin became the first to wear a watch on the lunar surface.

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Announced on Friday (May 17), the new steel-body Speedmaster is the second chronograph Omega has produced to mark the golden anniversary of the first moon landing. The company previously introduced an 18-karat gold model based on the commemorative Speedmaster watches that Omega presented to the Apollo 11 crew and other NASA astronauts after Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins returned safely to Earth.

The gold Speedmaster, which was revealed in March, is limited to 1,014 pieces and retails for $34,600. The new stainless...
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