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  • AN OVERVIEW OF ALL OMEGA SPEEDMASTER APOLLO XI MODELS

    SPEEDY TUESDAY – AN OVERVIEW OF ALL OMEGA SPEEDMASTER APOLLO XI MODELS
    Robert-Jan Broer FEB 26, 2019

    https://www.fratellowatches.com/over...llo-xi-models/



    This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Moonlanding. For Speedmaster fans, this means that it will be a big year for their beloved watch.

    Omega released Apollo XI editions since 1969, the first being the famous gold Speedmaster Professional with burgundy bezel, massive gold dial with onyx markers and gold bracelet. Only 1014 of these have been produced, of which a number have been presented to the Apollo astronauts, President Nixon and a few more important people who played a role during NASA’s space program. Again in 1980, when Omega introduced a gold Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI that was numbered (320 pieces in total, of which 20 were in white gold). However, you could say that Omega made these Apollo XI limited editions a recurring event starting in 1989, when it was the 20th anniversary of the Moon landing.

    Every 5 years there’s a Speedmaster Apollo XI to be introduced. In this article, we’ll show you all the Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI models thus far, before Omega will introduce to us their Speedmaster Apollo XI 50th anniversary model. The rumour machine is running already in its highest gear, we can’t wait to see them introduced!










    A CHRONOGRAPH BECOMES THE MOONWATCH

    1962 FIRST MISSION


    Wally Schirra wore his own Speedmaster on his Mercury mission on October 3, 1962. It was the first Omega in space.



    1964 NASA'S REQUEST


    NASA requested quotes for wrist chronographs. OMEGA was one of four companies that submitted watches for testing.



    1965 IT'S OFFICIAL

    NASA declared the Speedmaster "flight-qualified for all manned space missions" in 1965, first launching with Gemini 3 on March 23.



    1965 A WALK IN SPACE

    Only three months later, Edward White wore his Speedmaster on America's first spacewalk on his Gemini 4 mission.



    1969 THE MOONWATCH

    On 21 July, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the lunar surface, the Speedmaster became the Moonwatch.



    1970 SUCCESSFUL FAILURE

    In April, the Apollo 13 astronauts used their Speedmaster to time critical engine burns that led tho their safe return.



    1972 LASTING IMPRESSIONS

    As part of Apollo 16, Charles Duke left a photo of his family on the moon, while the Commander of Apollo 17, Gene Cernan, left the last lunar footprint in history.



    1975 SPACE HANDSHAKE

    In July, the American Apollo rocket docked with the Soviet Union's Soyuz in space. All the spacemen wore Speedmasters.



    https://www.omegawatches.com/planet-omega/space/
    "Flesh could not keep its glamour, nor eyes their sheen. They would go to nothing soon. But monsters are forever"



    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
    If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
    As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide".
    Abraham Lincoln

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    Life is short...don't waste a minute of it. Gary

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    • #3
      Thanks for posting this up, Mike.

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        was at the boutique where I got my Omega a few weeks ago and they have no idea (or at least they didn't then) what the details of the 50th anniversary Apollo speedmaster would be. But even without knowing a single thing about the watch they have dozens of deposits.
        "It had to start somewhere, It had to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now?"

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        • #5
          Way to go, thanks for the intel Mike
          I don't sweat I condensate and YYYeess...I'm still cool !

          aka "TimeOnMySide" but you can call me Woody!

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