Initially, the Apollo XI Commemorative was offered to each of the astronauts active at that time at a gala dinner November 25th, 1969 at Hotel Warwick in Houston. The first thirty watches were created in tribute to the sensational exploit of Man's first landing on the Moon. Nr 1 was supposed to be handed over to President of the United States Richard M. Nixon and Nr 2 to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, having been refused by their intended recipients, presently reside in the Omega museum in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland. Nr 3 through 28 were personalized and presented to astronauts in NASA’s space program. The lower numbers were reserved for those astronauts who had been with NASA the longest. Each of these watches was inscribed with their name and rank (if any), and the names of the missions which they had flown to date.
Omega offered a small series for sale to the public early in 1970 which, due to unexpected demand, was expanded to the entire production of 1014 watches was reached in 1972, all numbered. A run of the later numbers (Nr 1001 to 1008) was given in 1972 to astronauts of Apollo 14, 15, 16 and 17.
The watches that were sold to the public are identical to the others but for the engraving.
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