On January sixteenth of this current year, Gene Cernan died. He was the Last Man on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Prior to that, he flew on the Gemini 9A and Apollo 10 missions. This year, Omega presented the third Speedmaster Apollo XVII restricted version. In two flavors. In hardened steel (1972 pieces) and in gold (72 pieces). We have a more critical gander at the gold model.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII Reference 311.

In all genuineness, the delivered pictures that I went over before the authority dispatch didn’t make me extremely amped up for this watch. Be that as it may, as usual, you need to see a watch in the tissue under the steady gaze of you can pass judgment on it (best). The Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th commemoration release is such a watch. 1972 pieces are made in treated steel, just 72 pieces dressed in gold. The blue on the delivered pictures had a hard tone, as IKEA blue, however in the substance it is a lot hazier and the gold gives a magnificent contrast.

Update: Omega disclosed to us that they will expand the quantity of versions to because of the great demand. 

It was a lovely astonishment to see that these two watches, accolades for Gene Cernan, were route better compared to the see pictures I’ve seen. Particularly the gold model is a watch that is essentially dazzling in the tissue. This Omega Speedmaster Professional, reference  311., comes on an excellent earthy colored cowhide tie and a gold collapsing clasp.

The case depends on the customary Speedmaster Pro 42mm model, obviously with an alternate caseback. The Apollo XVII mission fix is an enormous emblem, encircled by etchings in regards to the restricted release number and 45th commemoration. Just underneath the Apollo XVII emblem is the content “A accolade for Gene Cernan”.

The dial of the watch (just as the bezel) is made of blue fired. The combination of blue earthenware and gold looks staggering. In the sub dial at 9 o’clock you’ll locate the gold emblem of Apollo XVII and all sub dials have this twofold edge. The Omega logo and the numerals are totally imprinted in gold. The chronograph seconds hand has a red tip just as the ‘5:34 GMT’ composing on the dial.

5:34 GMT on the dial

Since Omega didn’t talk much about this piece yet during BaselWorld, a few inquiries arose regarding the 5:34 GMT engraving on the dial. What’s the significance here? Indeed, I couldn’t sort it out myself, however a person by the name of TLIGuy on had the accompanying explanation:

Cernan gives this discourse as he leaves the outside of the Moon at a Mission Elapsed Time of 168 hours and 1 moment after dispatch. The dispatch was at 5:33. In this way, in the event that we add the mission slipped by an ideal opportunity to the hour of dispatch (168:01, which is 7 days +1 minute, you show up at 05:34 GMT on December 14th).

That was precisely when Gene Cernan held his discourse on the outside of the Moon:

“Bob, this is Gene, and I’m on a superficial level; and, as I make man’s last stride from the surface, back home for quite a while to come – however we accept not very long into the future – I’d like to simply (say) what I accept history will record. That America’s challenge of today has produced man’s fate of tomorrow. What’s more, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we will return, with harmony and expectation for all humanity. “Godspeed the team of Apollo 17.””

Mind you that this isn’t the authority clarification of 5:34 GMT on the dial, however it would be circumstantial on the off chance that it weren’t. Let’s pause and see.

Previous Apollo XVII model introduced by Gene Cernan. Photograph (c) Larry

Caliber 1861

As (quite often, the development inside this Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th commemoration is additionally a hand-wound type 1861 by Lemania. A development with a strong history and utilized since 1997. Somewhere in the range of 1968 and 1997 Omega utilized the past Lemania based development, type 861. Before that, the type 321 (Lemania 2310 based). A few group had trusted – and still do – for an arrival of the type 321, however this development (rights) appear to be at Breguet right now.

Apollo 17 Limited Edition

As composed over, this Omega Speedmaster XVII 45th Anniversary restricted release is the third commemorative version for this specific mission. The originally was in 2002, where the watch just had an alternate etching in the caseback. All things considered, that watch accompanied a duplicate of the book ‘Last Man on the Moon’ by Gene Cernan. In 2012, there was the 40th commemoration release of the Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII, with the silver decoration as dial. Albeit that watch wasn’t got that well, it is very decent on the wrist and because of the way that it wasn’t ‘liked’ that much, this could be a sleeper watch.

This third Apollo XVII watch is – as I would see it – the most delightful of the threesome. The lovely dull blue clay dial in combination with the 18kt gold is essentially great. The earthy colored calfskin tie likewise coordinates pleasantly with the warm shade of the gold case.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XVII reference 311. is restricted to 72 pieces just and has a retail cost of 18.600 Euro (counting charges). We hit you up without further ado with the all hardened steel model (likewise blue clay dial and bezel).

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P.s. In the event that you haven’t done as such, watch from 2014. It’s on Netflix.


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