Omega’s Professional Apollo 11 Has Landed

Swiss giant's latest is a tribute to that small step for man

Nearly 50 years ago, the Omega Speedmaster was selected by Nasa to be worn by its astronauts – first on the Gemini 4 spacewalk, then the Apollo missions that reached their apogee with the Moon landing.

With its no-nonsense simplicity and hallmark 12-hour, triple-register chronograph layout, domed plexiglas crystal and high-contrast index markers, the Speedmaster’s design hardly needs pointing out as a classic. It’s also a model that seems to look better with each new installment, and there’s no doubt that its latest guise is well worth investing in.

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This new incarnation, then, is the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition (only 1,969 have been created, a tribute to the year man first set foot on the Moon). Based on the colours of the Moon and the Apollo 11 lunar module, it has a grey titanium case with pink Sedna (Omega’s own alloy) gold and ceramic bezel. Inside is an old-school Lemania-based calibre 1861, which means the moodily dark PVD dial preserves the original layout, with the surface texture being achieved with a laser sintering process that melts delicate parts together.

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Matched with a brown Nato strap, the timepiece is engraved with the legend “Flight Qualified by Nasa for All Manned Space Missions” and number on the case back. What’s more, you needn’t leave Earth’s atmosphere to own one.

Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition, £4,500, by Omega

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