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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 25

    Omega. A fine and rare 18K gold limited edition water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

    SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL, APOLLO XI 1969, NO. 400, CIRCA 1970

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    Omega. A fine and rare 18K gold limited edition water-resistant chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Omega, Speedmaster Professional, Apollo XI 1969, No. 400, circa 1970
    Cal. 861 gilt-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, the 18K gold dial with applied baton numerals, three sunk subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, in large tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with burgundy bezel calibrated for tachymetre scale, fluted lugs, the screw back with engraved inscription Omega Speedmaster - Apollo XI 1969, the first watch worn on the moon, 400, 18K gold Omega link bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. diam.


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    The Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI model was created in the fall of 1969 to commemorate Apollo XI's successful moon landing. A limited and numbered edition of 28 examples was given during a gala dinner in Houston to the astronauts having participated at this and earlier space missions, the case backs engraved with the relevant name and inscription To Mark Man's Conquest of Space with Time, Through Time, on Time.

    The present watch is number 400 of the standard edition of 1,014 examples of this model, produced until 1972, the backs engraved Omega Speedmaster - Apollo XI 1969, the first watch worn on the moon and number.

    The model is described and illustrated in Omega - A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, p. 605, watch number 713 from this series is illustrated in Omega Watches by John Goldberger, p. 230.