2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
Ref: 311.30.42.30.03.001

2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary [ON HOLD]
Regular price
Sold
Sale price
£7,250.00
Unit price
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Specification

Reference : 311.30.42.30.03.001
Movement : Manually Wound Omega Cal. 1861
Age : 2011/2020
Specific Age : March 2018
Case Size : 42mm
Case Thickness : 14mm
Lug to Lug : 47.5mm
Lugs : 
20mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 Box & Papers
Case Material :
 Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 12-Months Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch


Points of Mention

This watch is sold with its original Omega box and Omega paperwork, the box includes the misprinted text which Omega recalled but the previous owner chose not to return it. The watch comes paired with its original Omega bracelet with a signed Omega clasp, all links are included. The watch is from March 2018 and is sold in worn condition, but overall fair condition as you can see from the photographs. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.

For more photos see here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aNmJzb20LrHt60z24Vtg3qQJqZBCDUJa?usp=share_link

4K YouTube video, skip to 9:35 - https://youtu.be/_DNFDq7XGD0


The Watch

Here we have a 2018 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 45th Anniversary limited to 1,972 pieces with a 42mm stainless steel case that has polished and brushed surfaces that lead the eye to twisted tapering lugs. The crisp lines transition effortlessly around the case, a lug-to-lug length of 47.5mm and a case thickness of 14mm ensuring a comfortable fit on the wrist. Down the right side, we have the piston chronograph pushers and a signed crown in the centre.¬†A fixed bezel has an 18ct Yellow gold tachymeter that sits on a blue ceramic insert holding a domed sapphire crystal above the stunning blue ceramic dial, as indicated by the [ZrO2] just above the centre pinion.¬†An outer minute track is precisely executed with 18ct Yellow gold accents and 18ct Yellow gold baton indexes marking the hours. At 3 o‚Äôclock a 30-minute register, at 6 o‚Äôclock a 12 hours register and finally, at 9 o‚Äôclock 60 seconds register with Apollo and moon etched in chrome-coloured PVD. Gold-toned hands are complemented by a white arrow pointed chronograph hand, at 12 o‚Äôclock an 18ct Yellow gold Omega motif, ‚ÄúSpeedmaster Professional‚ÄĚ and a red ‚Äú05:34 GMT‚ÄĚ which highlights the exact moment that the commander Cernan took history's final step on the lunar surface. On the reverse a screwed-down case back with a tribute to Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission, who commissioned space artist Robert McCall to design the patch for his flight, the insignia has the image of Apollo, the Greek sun god, suspended in space behind the head of Apollo is an American eagle of contemporary design, the red bars of the eagle‚Äôs wing represent the bars in the U.S. flag; the three white stars symbolise the three astronaut crewmen, Apollo faces the planets with the expectation that one day man will visit those distant planets.¬†Inside a manually wound Omega Cal. 1861, 18 Jewels hand-wound Chronograph beating at 21,600 beats per hour, as a manual wound movement, it is the direct descendant of the original moon watch that used the Cal. 361 movement. The watch comes paired with its 20mm Omega polished and brushed stainless steel bracelet with screwed links and a signed push button release folded deployment clasp, all links are provided. The watch comes with its special blue Omega presentation box, which has the misprinted text that Omega recalled but the previous owner chose not to return and its Omega paperwork.


Personal Note

The Apollo 17, 45th-anniversary limited edition... A watch most know but haven't considered in the collecting world, that is until they see it in the metal and try it on! This is one of those watches best enjoyed in the metal, the blue is mesmerising and the hints of gold contrast beautifully, the premium bracelet adds extra heft to the wrist and overall as a package, it truly offers something fantastic in the limited Speedmaster world without going into extortionate prices!


The Brand

Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co. in 1848 founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds. When he died in 1879, his sons carried on his dream. In 1880 they moved to 96 Rue Jakob-Stampfli where they remain today.¬†The brothers produced their first mass-produced calibre, the Labrador In 1885. Just a few years later in 1892, they produced the first minute-repeater.¬†In 1903 they renamed the company Omega until 1982 when they officially changed their name to Omega SA.¬†During WW1 Omega watches were used as official timekeepers for the Royal Flying Corps and the US Army.¬†In 1930, Omega and Tissot merged together to form Soci√©t√© Suisse pour l'Industrie Horlog√®re (SSIH) In 1931, another group was formed - Allgemeine Schweizerische Uhrenindustrie AG (ASUAG). Where SSIH was primarily French-speaking, ASUAG was founded by the more German-speaking members of the Swiss watch industry.¬†In 1948 they introduced the first edition of one of its most symbolic watches: the Seamaster.¬†Omega first introduced the Constellation in 1952. At the time it was Omega's flagship timepiece. The first models had a Cal. 354 bumper movement in them. Later in 1955, Omega introduced the Automatic Cal. 50x, followed in 1959 by the Cal.55x (no date) and 56x (date) versions. Many of the Constellations came with pie-pan dials, diamond indexes, and fancy lug configurations. All the gold Constellations of that time have the Observatory of Geneva's hand engraved on the back. The stainless steel and stainless steel/gold versions had a gold medallion on the back with the Observatory of Geneva. The eight stars above the Observatory stand for the many exploits of Omega in the world Chronometer competition. Celebrating the fact that all Constellations are Chronometer Certified.¬†In 1962, when astronaut Wally Schirra wore a Speedmaster on his Mercury Sigma 7 Mission, making it the first Omega watch to enter space. After rigorous tests, NASA used Omega for all their Apollo missions including the 1969 Moon landing of Apollo 11. Today Omega is still an astronaut's first choice. In 1969, President Nixon famously said it was ‚Äútoo valuable‚ÄĚ and turned down the first-ever all-gold Speedmaster Professional Deluxe.¬†As a response to the ever-growing threat of electronic watches to the manufacturers of mechanical watches, Omega and many Swiss brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe formed Centre Electronique Horologer (CEH). Prototypes began to appear in 1967 with their production starting in 1968. Then In 1972, Omega introduced the reference, 198.030, which included the Omega calibre 1250, a ‚Äėtuning-fork electronic movement which was made under licence from Bulova.¬†Later we saw a merger of SSIH and ASUAG into SMH, or Soci√©t√© de Micro√©lectronique et d‚ÄôHorlogerie. This merger took place in 1983.¬†In 1992, the company acquired Blancpain, and in 1998 it officially rebranded itself from SMH to the Swatch Group. Then, in 1999, they purchased and integrated Breguet into the Swatch Group.