The blue panda-dial Speedmaster Gemini IV from 2005 has been a sought-after watch for quite some years now. The blue dial with silvery-white subdials makes it stand out from all the black-dialed Speedmasters out there. Just like the 2003 Snoopy, this watch has been neglected in its first few years of existence. The boost in collecting Speedmasters in the last 5 years made specific limited editions, like this Gemini IV reference 3565.80, hot items to collect.
The first space walk
This Speedmaster Gemini IV 40th Anniversary commemorates the 1965 mission and the first space walk of a NASA astronaut. It was performed by Ed White, while wearing two(!) Omega Speedmasters on his wrist.
This Gemini IV blue panda is a tribute to White and his fellow astronaut James McDivitt. McDivitt was a backup crew member for the fatal Apollo 1. He went on to fly as a commander on Apollo 9. Ed White died in a horrible accident with the Apollo 1, together with his fellow astronauts Gus Grissom, and Roger Chaffee.
One interesting thing about the Gemini IV is that it uses an unofficial mission patch on its case back. Only after the following mission, Gemini V, did it become tradition for the astronauts to design their own mission patch. Before that, all astronauts just wore the American flag on their spacesuits.
This Speedmaster Gemini IV reference 3565.80 comes in a beautiful grey box made of silky material that is reminiscent of spacesuit material. On the top of the box, you will find the Gemini IV patch as described above. On the inside of the box, you will find a round window that shows the image of Ed White on his spacewalk, similar to the image above.
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 fine Gemini IV example comes with boxes and papers. The watch is as shown in the pictures. The watch looks unworn, but there’s one visible scratch on one of the links (on the picture where you will see the watch laying diagonally, it is on the third link on the lower part of the bracelet). That’s the only visible mark we could find on this watch. On the clasp, you will see two small hairline scratches. All very small and acceptable, but we do let you know in advance. The bracelet is resized and two spare links are in the box. The white cardboard box, grey box and cardholder are all in good condition. The Certificate of Authenticity, International Warranty card and pictograms card are all there. In the white cardboard box you will find the red Omega instruction manual.
Model: Speedmaster Gemini IV Reference: 3565.80 Dial: Blue panda dial, rhodium plated hands, applied OMEGA logo, commemorative years printed in red Case Material: Stainless steel Case Dimensions:42mm x 48mm x 13mm Lug Width:20mm Crystal: Hesalite Case Back: Special case back with Gemini IV patch Movement: Caliber 1861 Power Reserve: 48 hours Water Resistance: 3 atm (30 meters) Strap: Stainless steel bracelet (ref. 1998, 849 endpieces) Functions:Hours, minutes, seconds sub-dial, minutes sub-dial, hours sub-dial, central chronograph seconds hand, tachymeter Special notes: Limited edition of 2005 pieces (production year 2005), special packaging and Certificate of Authenticity