This very attractive yellow gold Speedmaster is part of a limited edition made to commemorate the day Man first walked on the moon. Among that, the presently offered watch retains an exceptional and original condition that should certainly appeal to any well-established collector.
As a commemorative gesture to a number of NASA astronauts following the immensely successful Apollo 11 mission, OMEGA produced a special limited edition wristwatch with a solid 18k gold dial, case, and bracelet. The watches were only produced in 1,014 examples, where 26, numbered 3 to 28, were offered at an astronaut banquet in Houston on November 25 1969.
Watches with the number 1 and 2 were also made with personalized case backs, although these unique examples were made only for the President and Vice-President of the United States at the time, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. These watches now reside in the Omega Museum, located in Bienne, Switzerland. The remaining examples, such as the present watch, were produced and available for the general public with a different engraving on the caseback.
An example of this model is illustrated in OMEGA, A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, 2007, p. 605.