Since 1989, every five years, Omega treats us with a special Speedmaster to commemorate the Apollo 11 mission. The first mission where mankind set foot on the surface of the moon. In 2009, Omega celebrated the 40th anniversary of the moonlanding with two special watches. One of them is this stainless steel Speedmaster Professional reference 318.104.22.168.01.002 with a silver mission patch at 9 o’clock.
The other watch is a platinum version with the Apollo 11 mission patch in yellow gold on the 9 o’clock subdial. The stainless steel version was limited to 7969 pieces (the platinum only had 69 pieces). A number that sounds high, but given the annual production number of Omega and the huge demand for these commemorative watches, many of them found their way to a happy owner. Including this watch, which was originally bought by a Speedmaster collector who took good care of the watch.
On the case back, you will see the Apollo 11 mission patch in bas relief. Underneath the medallion is the caliber 1861 movement, the hand-wound Lémania based movement that has been used since 1997.
The Speedmaster Apollo 11 322.214.171.124.01.002 comes in a special black wooden box. In this box, you will find a special booklet on the space missions and a commemorative silver coin with the Apollo 11 logo. A cardholder and instruction booklet are part of the package as well.
When buying pre-owned, the condition is key. That’s what we fully understand here at Fratello, as we are collectors ourselves for many years (decades). This watch is in amazing mint condition, with no traces of use or wear. The complete package includes the Certificate of Authenticity, the International Warranty card, Pictograms card and a Limited Series card containing the serial number, reference number and unique limited edition number of this Speedmaster. This is a perfect watch for either daily use or to keep in pristine condition for your collection (but we always advise just to wear these beautiful watches, they deserve it).