Much of the history of the Omega Speedmaster encompasses its part in the Moon arrival and its status as true NASA watch for their space explorers. On account of this legacy, the Speedy became the ideal play field for the Biel-based brand to make different restricted versions, as accolade for Apollo missions or even to Snoopy Awards . While many watch aficionados probably won’t comprehend the purpose of all these extraordinary releases, Speedmaster collectors simply love them, and they will be glad to realize that another one is going to land, the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary ‘Tribute to Gene Cernan’.
This new Omega Speedmaster has been made to honor both the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 17 Mission, and specifically to one of the Astronauts who was installed, Eugene ‘Gene’ Cernan. As an update, Apollo 17 was the last mission of NASA’s Apollo program, and was launched on December 7, 1972, with a team comprised of Commander Eugene Cernan, Pilot Ronald Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt. Commander Gene Cernan is likewise popular for being the last man to reappear the Lunar Module, with his Speedmaster reference ST105.003 on his wrist, and he is still starting at 2017 the last man to have strolled on its surface. He passed away on January 16th recently. This is the reason this Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary is additionally named ‘Tribute to Gene Cernan’.
For this restricted version ref. 318.104.22.168.03.001 (with 1972 pieces), Omega has chosen to use as a base the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch (like the greater part of the space-related restricted releases), anyway the brand gives it a new and exceptional style, with a combination of blue and gold accents. This watch isn’t the main Apollo 17 Limited Edition however, as one previously existed for the 40th anniversary of this Mission, with a very exceptional style (to say the least… see here ). This version is then again very engaging and very not the same as the rest, with remarkable features.
As said, the base is a natural one to us, as the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary is inside and case-wise a Moonwatch. It implies that we have the notable 42mm case, with lyre-hauls, outside tachymeter bezel, unbalanced case with crown and pushers all around ensured on the correct side. It is traditionally fabricated in treated steel, with brushed surfaces all finished, aside from the incline running on the case, which is cleaned. Inside, there are no curve balls either, as this Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary is outfitted with the type 1861, the notable Lemania-based cam-worked chronograph development that has prepared the Speedy for the present near 50 years (with past 861 rendition). You don’t need to stress here, it is an entirely dependable and made watch, made to last. One thing to note is the presence of a sapphire gem over the dial, and not a Hesalite (Plexiglas gem) like in the standard Moonwatch. This is a common element of latest restricted editions.
What is new for this Apollo 17 45th Anniversary ‘Tribute to Gene Cernan’ version? First is the dial, which comes in a somewhat distinctive dull blue tone, gotten from ceramic – Omega utilizes this material now over all the assortment, and for bezels as well as for cases and dials. This blue tone is coordinated with gold accents all finished, which means applied gold records for the hours, gold hands, gold rings around the sub-dials, gold moment markers and gold Omega logo. On the off chance that this appears to suggest an over-burden of gold accents, in the metal the dial stays sufficiently unobtrusive. Two different subtleties are to be seen on the dial:
- The Apollo 17 official seal in the sub-counter at 9, imprinted in white – it portrays an image of Apollo, the Greek sun god, close to a part of Moon.
- The “05:34 GMT” notice imprinted in red, beneath the name of the watch at 12. This alludes to the specific time Gene Cernan ventured back in the Lunar Module, hence denoting the last time that a man strolled on the outside of the Moon.
The second markers are additionally explicit to this watch and utilize the “racing style”, which means counterbalance markers like clockwork. Likewise new is the bezel, in a coordinating blue tone and, similar to the dial, it is made in blue earthenware, with Ceragold interaction to make the tachymeter scale (an exclusive and protected cycle to consistently incorporated gold into clay). At long last, the rear of this Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary ‘Tribute to Gene Cernan’ uncovers a commemorative etching, with the seal of the Apollo 17 mission (the greek god Apollo and the American bird of contemporary design.
This Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary ref. 322.214.171.124.03.001 is a restricted version of 1972 pieces, estimated at 6,000 Euro/ 6,500 USD.
The Gold form of the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary
Alongside the steel variant, Omega have likewise made a gold form of the Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary, and it’s just accessible on dim earthy colored cowhide lash. The case is in full 18k yellow gold, and the dial just contrasts by the gold applied mission fix in the sub-dial at 9. For the rest, the dial and bezel are equivalent to the steel form, with the exception of the gold second hand and gold sub-dial hands. From the start, Omega dispatched this watch in a restricted version of 72 pieces just, be that as it may, because of a gigantic interest, they expanded the creation to 272 pieces. Price: 18,600 Euro.