Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII

Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII LEOmega supplied the watch for the first moon landing; it also provided the watch used in the most recent one, which took place in 1972. That was the year in which astronaut Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo XVII, became the last human being to set foot on the lunar surface, bringing a successful end to NASA’s Apollo program. This year, for its 40th anniversary, Omega pays tribute to that historic moonwalk, as it did the 35th anniversary of the Apollo Soyuz mission in 2010, with the release of a special watch, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII Anniversary Limited Edition.

The watch features a 925 silver, hand-patina dial embossed with the Apollo XVII patch, an illustration executed to represent Man, the Future, the Recollection of Apollo, and the American flag. Both the dial and its blackened hands are protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The 42-mm case is in stainless steel, with both polished and brushed finishes, and has a black tachymeter scale on the bezel. The case is water-resistant to 50 meters (167 feet) and is attached to a stainless steel bracelet.

The movement is the Omega 1861 manual-winding chronograph caliber, the same movement used in the very first Speedmaster to be called “Moonwatch.”

The screw-down caseback of this limited edition features the brand’s familiar seahorse emblem and is also engraved with “THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON,” a reference to Cernan’s place in space exploration history; “DECEMBER 14, 1972,” the date of the milestone; “APOLLO XVII,” “40TH ANNIVERSARY,” and “LIMITED EDITION” followed by the series number of the watch, from “0001″ to “1,972.” The price is $7,200.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII LE

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Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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