Omega 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 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.
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