Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII Anniversary Limited Edition
Model Code: 318.104.22.168.03.001£8500.00
Few wristwatches enjoy a legacy like Omega’s Speedmaster. Its time on the wrists of Apollo 11’s crew during the first mission to the moon in 1969 cemented the now legendary ‘Speedy’ as one of history’s most beloved chronographs. Hand-picked by NASA for its functional prowess and durability in an airless environment, the Speedmaster rapidly transcended from an aerospace tool to a design classic. The Speedmaster remains a staple of Omega’s catalogue in 2022 - one of the many great sports chronographs of the ‘60s and ‘70s to dictate designs in the current watch market. Launched in 2017, this extraordinary model celebrates the final lunar mission in 2017. With images of the God Apollo interlaced throughout the design, the model incorporates a blue ceramic dial with a blue Ceragold tachymetre ring. 18ct yellow gold hands and indices further complement the luxury of this Speedmaster. “05:34 GMT” is printed in red to indicate the time that Cernan made his final step on the moon, while the 9 o’clock subdial depicts the God Apollo and the moon – etched in PVD in chrome colouring. Consistent with many Speedmaster limited editions, the unboxing experience is unparalleled. A prominent blue box opens to reveal an air-to-ground voice transcription at the time of the first step. Inside, a travel pouch can be found adorned with imagery of the God Apollo. Most interestingly, this example (numbered 0058 of 1,972) is part of a first wave of boxes to include a misspelled transcript. On the final line, the word 'Mankind' is written erroneously as 'Manking' - all boxes were sinced re-issued by Omega, making this example particularly rare. To commemorate a prominent feat in humanity's lunar history, this Speedmaster Ref. 322.214.171.124.03.001 is a luxurious enhancement of a classic design, while retaining the iconic flare of the original Speedmaster. This model is presented with all original packaging, instruction booklet and guarantee dated February 2018.