In celebration and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of NASA’s fourth mission to the moon, the highly successful Apollo 15, Omega watchmakers have brought out the limited-edition Speedmaster Moonwatch.
Apollo 15 was the fourth of six NASA missions to land on the moon in July 1971, and the adventure lasted for twelve days. This voyage displayed a greater emphasis on science when compared to earlier missions, and was the ﬁrst time that the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used.
The watch has been described as a classic, with its polished and brushed stainless steel case and bracelet, black aluminium ring featuring a tachymeter scale on the bezel, and a domed shatterproof hesalite crystal with Ω etched on the inside.
In the true style of the classic Speedmaster Professional, this timepiece also has three subdials; however, the main distinguishing feature between the two is that the Moonwatch edition’s rings on each subdial varies from blue, to white, to red. The minute track is also in blue, white and red—the three colours of the Apollo 15 patch.
Another more personalized feature is on the screw-in caseback which is embossed with an image of the Lunar Rover and the words Apollo 15 and 40th Anniversary. The outer circle of the caseback is black chrome engraved with The ﬁrst watch worn on the Moon, July 30, 1971, and ﬁnished off with the limited edition number, out of a total of only 1,971 pieces created.—Vicki Matias