Limited Edition Omega 50th Anniversary Moonwatch

To celebrate the first steps on the moon 50 years ago Omega launched a special edition of their classic Speedmaster edition. As this watch was the first watch ever worn on the moon it’s better known as the Moonwatch. An important and historical fact, also for the watch world. The Omega Speedmaster is since it’s original release embraced by a lot of denimheads too.

To highlight the importance of the 50th anniversary of the watch the brand look back with this special edition on the role at the Apollo 11. On the 21st of July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped off the Eagle to become the first humans to stand on another world. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that moment, the watch brand has crafted a limited edition of 6.969 pieces inspired by Apollo 11.

Special Details Of The Watch

The anniversary watch includes a 42 mm case in stainless steel with a polished 18K Moonshine Gold bezel. The bezel ring is polished black ceramic with an Omega Ceragold tachymeter scale. There is a varnished grey and black dial with all indexes and hands in 18K Moonshine Gold, except the central chronograph seconds hand, which is PVD-coated in Moonshine Gold.

Apollo Tributes On The Dial

Two Apollo 11 tributes can be found on the dial of the watch. A number 11 features in 18K Moonshine Gold at 11 o’clock. Something more notably is the 9 o’clock subdial which shows Buzz Aldrin climbing down onto the lunar surface. This detail is blackened and laser-engraved.

Engraved Caseback

The caseback of this special watch reveals numerous engravings, while a laser-engraved astronaut’s footprint is positioned on a medallion, there’s also a gold-plated lettering includes the quote: “That’s One Small Step For a Man” and “One Giant Leap For Mankind”.

Special Astronaut Kit

Each watch comes with a very special astronaut kit. The kit includes Apollo 11 patches and also an extra Velcro strap in blackened cork with golden marks. This is a salute to the Apollo-era boost protective cover, a fiberglass structure covered with thick cork ablator, which protected the crew from intense heat during launch.

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.