As you all know, the Omega Speedmaster is one of most iconic timepieces of all-time and the only watch to be part of all six lunar missions. It is the only timepiece to have made it to the moon —proudly called the Moonwatch— and also a watch that marked an era in the history of horology back in 1969. In order to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo XVII —last lunar mission on December 1972—, Omega released this amazing watch as ref. 318.104.22.168.99.002 with a stainless steel bracelet.
Featuring a .925 sterling silver dial embossed with the same design as the Apollo XVII patch, the look of this watch will spark a conversation wherever you go. The dial presents the traditional Speedmaster configuration —running seconds at 3, hour chrono-register at 6 and chrono-minute register at 3 o'clock— as this watch is fitted with the Omega manual-winding calibre 1861 that provides a power reserve of 48 hours when fully wound.
bezel, with its black aluminum tachymetric ring, provides a harmonious contrast to the watch fitted with a case measuring 42mm in diameter and that is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters. The attention to detail on the dial is superb and the relief texture of it is extremely nicely done and a treat to the eyes; however, if you really want to use the chronograph function on this watch, it will be almost impossible for you to keep track of elapsed times as there are no numbers on the chrono registers and the markers get lost with the rest of the visual elements on the design.
As you can appreciate, the dial is quite similar to the original Apollo XVII patch. Perhaps a slight difference on Apollo's facial expression and overall profile. Patch Image courtesy of NASA and Eugene Dorr —genedorr.com
The solid case back is nicely engraved with the limited edition information as well as with the date of the last lunar mission, December 14, 1972. Available in a limited edition of 1,972 pieces this is one of the most unique Speedmaster limited edition watches.
Fitted with a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides allows for perfect clarity and view of the Omega logo that in the case of this watch, is imprinted on the crystal. A very nice and unique touch.
Just like all other Speedmasters, the watch wears very comfortably and slightly smaller on a 7-7.25" wrist. If you love everything that has to do with NASA, Omega Speedmasters or you are just crazy in love with the moon, this is a nice watch to own. Fortunately, the amazing finish and design of the dial makes up for the lack of functionality of its chronograph.
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