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A COMMEMORATIVE EDITION YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, TACHYMETER AND BRACELET  REF 145022 MVT 28420047 NO 198 SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL APOLLO XI 1969 CIRCA 1969
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A COMMEMORATIVE EDITION YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, TACHYMETER AND BRACELET  REF 145022 MVT 28420047 NO 198 SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL APOLLO XI 1969 CIRCA 1969
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A COMMEMORATIVE EDITION YELLOW GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, TACHYMETER AND BRACELET  REF 145022 MVT 28420047 NO 198 SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL APOLLO XI 1969 CIRCA 1969
• cal. 861 manual winding lever movement, 18 jewels • solid gold dial, applied indexes with onyx inserts, engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour registers • 18k yellow gold case, brown bezel with tachymeter scale, screw down back • case, dial, movement and bracelet signed • with an 18k yellow gold Omega brick-link bracelet 
diameter 42 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 185mm
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Catalogue Note

The Commemorative Speedmaster, Ref BA 145.022 from 1969, was the first Speedmaster made in 18K gold. The differences between it and the NASA-issue Speedmasters, apart from the material was also the solid  gold dial, the burgundy bezel, and the inscriptions on the back case. It’s the same movement with Calibre 861 as the steel model, the same worn by NASA astronauts from 1969 until the revised Calibre 1861 became the standard movement in the Speedmaster “Moon Watch” ca 1996.

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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