Apollo 11 was the first mission to successfully reach the moon. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of this occasion, Omega has released a limited edition watch that not only celebrates the achievement of getting to the moon, but also pays homage to the chronograph that was there the whole time. Unlike the original version, this watch has a 42mm case in titanium. However, this is grade 2 titanium, not grade 5 like other Omega watches. The two grades are basically the same with the exception that grade 2 is not as strong as grade 5. The watch uses the same movement as the original, the Caliber 1861. Omega says the dial is black PVD coated, although it looks more like a shade of gray/brown in the pictures and video. The dial is made using a special laser which creates the design elements on the watch’s face by removing the material surrounding the name, sub-dial numerals and hour markers. The indexes as well as the hour, minute, seconds and sub-dial hands are made out of 18K red gold. However, the central chronograph hand is red gold-plated because it needs to be very thin in order to not hit the crystal and since gold would bend at this thickness, they had to plate it. The watch will be produced in a limited edition of just 1,969 pieces, the same year Apollo 11 went to the moon. It will be available in July 2014 for a price of $6,400. The titanium, gold, brown NATO, and dial all work perfectly together to create a gorgeous watch that doesn't look like any other Speedmaster that has been made or is likely to be made.
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