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Omega Speedmaster Ref. 3560.50.00 Apollo 11 30th

The Eagle has landed, and with it comes the illustrious Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11 30th Anniversary edition.

This isn’t your ordinary Speedmaster; it’s a symbol of unparalleled history and achievement. At first glance, it may appear like any other Speedy Pro ‘Moonwatch,’ but a closer examination reveals its true essence.
Stealthily crafted, this limited edition timepiece boasts a discreet exterior until you flip it over. Behold the special engraving on the caseback, a testament to its exclusivity with only 9999 pieces in existence. Commemorating the iconic Moonlanding on July 21st, 1969, at 2:56 GMT, this Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 ref. 3560.50 is a tribute to the monumental Apollo 11 mission.

During that historic journey, astronauts Michael Collins, “Buzz” Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong all relied on Speedmasters. While the specifics of who wore which model may be debated, the significance remains unquestionable. Flip the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 over, and you’re greeted with a special engraving and an embossed Apollo 11 mission patch, replacing the iconic Seamonster emblem. Etched onto the caseback are the immortal words spoken by Neil Armstrong upon landing on the Moon: “Hello Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed.” Truly, this timepiece encapsulates the essence of exploration and triumph, making it a prized possession for any collector or enthusiast.

€ 6.650

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Details
Brand Omega
Movement Hand-wound
Model Speedmaster
Diameter 42 mm
Reference 3560.50.00
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1999
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Black
Backstory

The Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957, as a racing chronograph. Little did Omega know that a different fate altogether awaited their creation.

When John F. Kennedy announced that the USA would put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960’s, NASA went into overdrive. The Gemini and Apollo missions would all culminate in “One small step for man…” in 1969.

One detail within that endeavor, is the selection of a proper watch for the space missions. NASA started putting a number of chronographs from different brands under extreme stress. Shock, temperature change, vibration, humidity, the watches were spared no horror. The Speedmaster came out on top in 1965 and was selected as the watch of choice. No slick marketing deals here. Chosen on merit alone.

Coincidentally, astronaut Wally Schirra already wore his personal Ref. CK2998 Speedmaster on a Mercury mission in 1962. In 1965, Ed White would go on the first ever spacewalk wearing a NASA-issued Ref. 105.003-65.

From 1965 onwards, all Apollo astronauts wore Speedmasters. Including Buzz Aldrin when he set foot on the moon, wearing his Ref. 105.012. Neil Armstrong had left his Speedy in the lunar module when setting those legendary first steps.

In 1970, Apollo 13 got into serious trouble after a service-module oxygen tank ruptured. With most systems down, the astronauts had to manually time 14-second rocket bursts in order to get back to earth. They used Jack Swigert’s Speedmaster for the job. Omega was awarded the Snoopy award in recognition of the crucial role of the watch in a safe return. A comic character featured on many special editions since.

Aesthetically, the Speedmaster Professional has not changed much since those days. A rough division can be made between pre-moon and post-moon Speedies. The transition point is the inclusion of the “Flight qualified by NASA” inscriptions on the case back, although some people erroneously mark 321 caliber Speedies as pre-moon and 861 caliber variants as post-moon.

For the keen-eyed, there are tons of subtle variations within the Speedmaster line. And that is before we look at the broader Speedy-scope, with all its special editions and interestingly-shaped Mark  models. You can really go deep on Speedy-specifics. Regardless of which precise variant you settle on, you will have an iconic watch with the single best backstory ever.

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Omega

Model

Reference

3560.50.00

Year of production (circa)

1999

Material

Steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Black

Movement

Hand-wound

Diameter

42 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only