1969 Speedmaster Tribute to Apollo XI Ref. BA 145.022
This is the stunning Speedmaster Tribute to Apollo XI that was made to commemorate NASA’s first moon landing in 1969. Its dial was unique amongst Speedies because of its square black markers and the fact that it was crafted out of solid gold. 1,014 pieces were made for the public, with inscriptions on its solid caseback in reference to the historic moon landing.
The watch is in superb mint condition, complete with its unique markers against the champagne dial and fit with a triple-link gold bracelet. The charming burgundy DON bezel is slightly faded, save for very minor scratches on the surface and along the edges. It is powered by the very reliable 861 calibre that was approved by NASA for its space missions.
WATCH CONDITION REPORT
In very good condition. Moderate signs of wear on the original solid gold bracelet, clasp and bezel. Burgundy bezel insert is a little discoloured but there are no bare spots, and tachymeter markings remain distinct. Dial, hands, markers and crystal, pristine. On the back, lacquered engraving is sharp and clear.
Model: Speedmaster Year: 1969 Box/Papers: No/No Functions: Hours, minutes; small seconds; chronograph; tachymeter Material: 18K yellow gold Dimension: 42 mm Dial: Gold Case: Yellow gold Movement: Manual-winding Calibre: 861 Power Reserve: 48 hours Water Resistance: No waterproof guarantee is offered with vintage watches Strap: Yellow gold Lug Width: 20 mm
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MEDALS OF HONOUR
You can't go wrong with vintage yellow gold, and especially not with a watch as storied as the Speedmaster. The very first 32 of these watches were presented to NASA astronauts to celebrate Apollo XI’s conquest of the moon. More notably, it was an Omega Speedmaster strapped on Buzz Aldrin's watch during their landing that earned it the "Moonwatch" nickname.
RARE & UNIQUE
Its dial was unique amongst Speedies because of its square black markers, and framed in a charming burgundy DON bezel. The solid caseback is adorned with the words 'The First Watch Worn on the Moon' in red lacquer writing. Only 1,014 pieces were made.
"OM" or, "Or Massif" in abbreviated form on the bottom of the 1969 Yellow Gold Omega Speedmaster Tribute to Apollo XI Reference BA 145.022. This is in French which is translated to mean "solid gold".
Powered by the caliber 861, it is a modern update of the original caliber 321 that went to the moon. Besides switching out the column wheel for a shuttle cam, several components were made from special alloys to better resist the extreme temperature variation in space.