To me, this is the most exciting Omega watch there is, because it was meant as a gift for the achievements of these astronauts. They already had been using the stainless steel Speedmaster Professionals during their missions — which they officially needed to return after each mission, as the watches were considered NASA equipment — and then received an impressive gold version of that very same watch. You will be able to find one of these 1,014 pieces during auctions and at watch dealers, but chances are very small you will come across an actual astronaut’s watch. Astronaut Ken Mattingly’s gold Speedmaster Pro was offered during the OmegaMania auction in 2007, and is now in the possession of the Omega museum in Bienne. The “regular” gold models can be found for approximately $15,000 – $18,000 in good shape, but most of them come without the special “Moonrock” box in which they were presented. I have been lucky enough to try on this watch a couple of times at the museum, and at the home of an Omega Speedmaster collector that I meet every now and then. Even though I’m not sure whether I am ready for a gold watch, this watch is my Holy Grail of Omega watches.
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