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Extremely sought after limited edition
The watch presented here for sale is a Speedmaster Apollo XI 50th Anniversary Moonshine Gold, full set, in like new condition.
About the model
To celebrate 50 years, a golden anniversary, what could be better than a gold Speedmaster, especially one inspired by a gold Speedmaster from 1969?
The original 1969 was made of solid yellow gold. For this 2019 edition, OMEGA created a special gold alloy, called Moonshine Gold, which is brighter and supposedly more resistant to fading over time.
The dial, almost identical to the original is also in 18K Moonshine Gold, and bears faceted onyx hour markers.
The bezel insert is made of burgundy ceramic. The hour and minute hands were black on the original, they are now in gold, with black inserts.
The caseback bevel wears several (burgundy painted or unpainted) engravings and its black inner ring shows some Apollo-related wordings, part of the Americas and a Moon made of a real lunar meteorite fragment.
The central part of the caseback is made of sapphire glass to show possibly the most important component: the new hand-wound caliber 3861. Decorated and plated with gold in this version, this new caliber is a significant evolution of the 1861, notably Master Chronometer certified (precision, power reserve, magnetic fields resistant).
The watch, limited to 1’014 numbered pieces – as the original – is housed in a crater box, like the super rare box of the 1969 model.