Each year Omega releases a new limited edition version of their original Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch – alongside the still sold Moonwatch. The limited editions have been offering in a number of styles – each however must hold true to the original watch, which includes the original movement and look. For 2011 Omega’s limited edition piece focuses on the fourth US mission to the moon using the Apollo 15. 2011 would be the 40th anniversary of the voyage which occurred in 1971. Special to this limited edition is a new dial scheme and caseback engraving. The dial is enhanced with red, white, and blue – the colors of the American flag. Integration of the colors is clever. Omega is able to make it clear that the dial is specially done with the three colors, but it don’t look silly. The outer ring is red, white, and blue, while each of the chronograph subdials are either red, white, or blue. It is quite the fun look. On the back of the case is a special embossed plate that features a motif of the lunar vehicle and an astronaut riding it. The 1971 mission was partially made famous as it was the first time the lunar vehicle was tested. As the astronauts wore Omega watches, the message around the engraving is “The First Watch On The Moon.” Aside from the dial and special case back, everything about this limited edition Speedmaster Moonwatch “Apollo 15” 40th Anniversary watch is the same as the classic Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch including the manually wound caliber 1861 chronograph movement. Omega will offer the piece as a limited edition of 1.971 pieces soon. Text and images by Ariel Adams.
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