Quick Take

We knew that 2019 was bound to be a big year for Omega and the Speedmaser. After all, it's the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing an event that immortalized the Speedy and turned a chronograph named and conceived for driving into the Moonwatch. The timepiece we have here is*a tribute to that first watch worn on the moon, but with forward-looking developments that bring the Moonwatch up to the technical and chronometric standards set forth by Omega's Master Chronometer Certification.
Powering the The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is the new Cal. 3861, which readers will remember from our earlier introduction of the all-gold Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Moonshine. The result of four years of research and development, the cal. 3861 is the successor to the cal. 1861 (and in fact has the same dimensions as that movement), but it now has a co-axial escapement, a hacking seconds function, and improved accuracy to 0+5 seconds per day, in addition to resistance to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss thanks in large part to the use of silicon components.
The dial is grey with black sub-dials for the chronograph minutes, the 12-hour counter, and the running seconds, and there is a black track for the hours and minutes on the periphery of the dial. The sub-dial for the seconds at 9 o'clock presents an interesting focal point. At the nine o'clock position, there is a laser-engraved image of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepping down onto the lunar surface, recalling Apollo 11's fateful landing in 1969. This laser engraving, and also the bezel, have been produced in 18-karat Moonshine Gold, a new alloy that is slightly paler than yellow gold, which Omega has developed for longterm color stability. The bezel ring is ceramic, and the tachymeter scale has been made in Ceragold. The watch's case is made from stainless steel, as is its bracelet. Turning it over, one is greeted not with an open view of the cal. 3861, but with another tribute to 1969's lunar landing. Laser-engraved onto a moon-surface texture is an image of an astronaut's footprint framed by Neil Armstrong's legendary quote, transmitted from the lunar surface back to the earth at 10:39 EDT on July 20, 1969: "THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND."
Initial Thoughts

This limited edition is the second new Speedmaster to use the caliber 3861, the other being the gold piece linked to earlier. But while that gold watch featured an open back and a movement plated in Moonshine gold, the one inside this guy is not visible and comes with rhodium-plating.*
It's no-doubt impressive that Omega has brought its cal. 1861 up to the high standards set forth by its Master Chronometer Certification criteria. Since this movement is succeeding the 1861, one has to wonder whether we will eventually see the new 3861 in a standard steel Speedmaster Professional. Doing so would, in theory, involve re-certifying the Speedmaster Professional for manned space flight with NASA.
For now, we have a limited edition that taps right into the history-making event that also made the Speedy what it is.
The Basics

Brand: Omega
Model: Speedmaster Apollo 11
Reference Number: 310.20.42.50.01.001
Diameter: 42mm
Case Material: Stainless steel case with bezel in 18k Moonshine gold and bezel ring in polished black ceramic
Dial Color: Grey and black
Indexes: Applied
Lume: Yes
Strap/Bracelet: Steel bracelet with vintage Omega logo inspired by the bracelet of the 4th generationSpeedmaster (ST 105.012-65)
Omega Master Chronometer cal. 3861
The Movement

Caliber: Omega Master Chronometer cal. 3861
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Winding: Hand-wound
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Jewels: 26
*METAS Master Chronometer Certified
Additional Details: Omega spent four years developing this movement in order to incorporate all of the attributes required for*Master Chronometer Certification.
Pricing & Availability

Price: $9,650
Availability: Summer 2019
Limited Edition: 6,969 pieces
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