The non-stop production of Omega limited editions is already an old joke in the watch world. It seems like every month there’s a new limited edition release to gawk over, celebrating everything from their network of boutiques to anniversaries of their heritage references. This year, however, even the most jaded among us wait with bated breath for well-deserved releases to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, an event that truly changed the world, and is of great importance to Omega as a company.
In what is almost certainly just a first dip in the limited edition pool for the Omega Speedmaster this year, we have a solid gold Speedmaster Professional in honor of the golden anniversary of Apollo 11, dubbed the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. This new edition, limited to 1,014 pieces, is modeled after reference BA145.022, a solid gold Speedmaster produced between 1969 and 1973 in limited quantities, and presented to astronauts and other dignitaries (including President Richard Nixon) at the “Astronaut’s Appreciation Dinner” in November of 1969, to pay tribute to all that NASA’s finest had accomplished in that historic year.
So, this release is essentially a limited edition based on the very first Omega limited edition, and it’s a dead ringer for the original, at least at first glance. This watch is opulent, with a case and bracelet in what Omega is calling “Moonshine Gold,” an 18K alloy. The bezel, in a rich burgundy, is now in ceramic as opposed to the traditional anodized aluminum (and, to the sure delight of Speedmaster enthusiasts, includes the “dot over 90” layout that is so sought after in vintage references). The dial is solid gold, naturally, and the indexes are black onyx. This is perhaps the most maximalist interpretation of the Speedmaster yet.