Time To Move: Introducing the Speedmaster Apollo 11 Limited Edition in Steel & More 2019 Novelties
Omega is a brand that watch enthusiasts are always excited to hear about. We normally learn all about the brand’s releases during Baselworld but since Swatch Group pulled out of the fair to create their own watch event called Time To Move, fans have had to wait longer this year. We can now finally reveal Omega’s 2019 novelties and let’s say that it was worth the wait.
Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in Steel
One release we already knew about was the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in Omega’s proprietary 18k gold alloy called “Moonshine Gold,” which we brought to you first here. The timepiece celebrates the golden jubilee of the 1969 moon landing with a faithful recreation of the ref. 145.022BA but fitted with the new 3861 caliber which is a METAS certified Master Chronometer movement with a Co-Axial escapement.
Omega now continues the celebration of this historical human achievement with the release of a second watch: the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in stainless steel, with a steel bracelet inspired from the one on the ref. 105.012. And although this watch is in steel, you’ll find touches of gold all around it.
The polished bezel is made of that alloy while the bezel ring is black ceramic with a Ceragold tachymetre scale. The beveled indexes, vintage Omega logo and all of the hands are in Moonshine Gold—except for the central chronograph seconds hand, which is PVD-treated in Moonshine Gold. The dial is separated in two distinct “zones” with the center being varnished grey while the outer minute track is black.
As you know, Omega always excels at inserting meaningful and well crafted details on their limited edition watches, and this one will make space nerds go crazy.
When NASA certified the Omega Speedmaster as qualified for space missions, it transformed the timepiece into the watch worn by astronauts. But when Buzz Aldrin reached the lunar surface on the 21st of July 1969 wearing his Omega Speedmaster, it cemented the legend of the Speedmaster as the first watch ever worn on the moon. The subdial at 9 o’clock pays tribute to that moment with a laser-engraved image of Buzz climbing down from the Eagle on a Moonshine Gold plate. Also noticeable is the 11 o’clock hour marker formed by a Moonshine Gold number 11, in tribute to the Apollo mission that brought these men to the moon.
Want more? Just flip the watch over to see the image of an astronaut’s footprint laser-engraved on a moon-surface texture. And of course who could ever forget Neil Armstrong’s words “THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND” which are written in Moonshine Gold-plate lettering around the footprint.
Also engraved on the caseback are the watches’ unique number out of the 6969 pieces that will be made, “NAIAD LOCK” referring to the brand’s patented caseback locking mechanism which ensures that it will always align in the same position, and also the words “Cal. 3861” and “CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER” for the movement powering the watch.
But we’re not done here because Omega also creates some of the most creative presentation boxes in the watchmaking industry—just look at the box for the limited edition Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday “Ultraman”—and they were not going to simply give you this watch in a standard Speedmaster box.
Dubbed ‘The Astronaut Kit”, the NASA-style presentation box includes two mission patches, two engraved plates, an extra velcro strap in black-coated cork reminiscent of an Apollo-era “boost protective cover”, and last but surely not least a Lunar Module display stand for your watch.
If space exploration is one of your main interests, we suggest you don’t miss out on this extraordinary anniversary watch.
Speedmaster Moonphase Platinum-gold
The new Speedmaster Moonphase in platinum-gold follows the path set out by the platinum models introduced last year during Baselworld and adds a new member to the growing family of Speedmaster Moonphase Master Chronometer Chronograph watches.
This is really THE modern Speedmaster to wear if you want to impress your fellow collectors. Platinum-gold is used for the brushed and polished 44.25mm case, as well as the sandblasted dial and clasp. The bezel ring is made of blue ceramic with a platinum Liquidmetal tachymeter scale. Platinum Liquidmetal is also the material used for the two moons of the moonphase disc.
Standard hour markers have been replaced with 18k white gold index holders set with baguette-cut diamonds. Omega really impresses in the way they are able to take the Speedmaster that everyone loves, and bring it to another level with the right combination of precious metal and diamonds, without making the watch look ostentatious.
Powering the timepiece is the METAS-certified Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9905 giving a full 60-hour power reserve.
Seamaster Diver 300m Ceramic Titanium
Last year saw the redesign of the Seamaster Diver 300M with a new ceramic bezel, a ceramic dial with a laser-engraved wave pattern, a new updated movement and a redesigned helium-escape valve.
This new model brings a bold new look to the family with a black brushed ceramic case and grade 5 titanium caseback featuring Omega’s NAIAD LOCK system, protecting the METAS-certified Master Chronometer Calibre 8806.
The diving scale on the black ceramic ring of the titanium bezel is in white enamel and you’ll notice the larger 43.5mm size and the absence of a date function, which keeps the dial clean and will surely make purists extremely happy. The indexes and hands are in PVD titanium filled with Superluminova so this will surely be the perfect diving companion this summer.
Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer
Worldtimers are some of the most popular watches out there simply by the fact that it allows you to read multiple time zones at once by looking at your wrist. Omega released their first Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer watch a few years ago, and naturally the timepiece has become quite successful. This new model is sure to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor.
The new Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer comes in a 43mm brushed and polished stainless steel case which is integrated with the beautiful and highly detailed blue rubber strap. This complements the sun-brushed blue dial with the Aqua Terra’s vertical stripe. The inner day/night ring is made of hesalite crystal which surrounds the center dial holding the view of the Earth which has been laser-ablated on a grade 5 titanium plate. A special touch is given to the watch with the presence of Bienne, home of Omega, among the list of cities around the whole timepiece.
Seamaster 300 Malachite
The Omega Seamaster 300 has a history that stretches back to 1957 and sometimes just using the simplest of designs can result in great things.
Here is the Seamaster 300 in 18k yellow gold paired with a highly attractive malachite dial sourced from South Africa. The green colour of the malachite contrast harmoniously with the yellow gold of the 41mm case and comes on a matching green leather strap.
Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar
The Globemaster was introduced at Baselworld in 2015 and with that came the METAS-certification which we now see deployed in other modern Omega timepieces. The annual calendar version of the Globemaster came the year after and features the 12 months of the year written in between the 18k white gold hour indexes.
This new model in steel features a diamond-polished black dial, and keeps the pie-pan dial style inspired by the first Constellation watch from 1952. The fluted bezel crafted in tungsten carbide remains present and is highly scratchproof. The hands and Constellation star are all in 18k white gold. Flip the watch over to admire the famous Constellation Observatory medallion crafted in stainless steel and set in a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.