OMEGA has paid tribute to the iconic Apollo 11 mission that made history 50 years ago, and the OMEGA Speedmaster’s role on the wrists of the astronauts.

Attending the event as special guest all the way from Texas, USA, was Charlie Duke, CAPCOM for Apollo 11 and Apollo 16 lunar module pilot.

Stage 1 of Fox Studios in Sydney was transformed into a tribute to the moon, featuring moon phase installations and OMEGA’s iconic “golden astronaut” suspended high above the dining space.

Media and VIP guests enjoyed a “Golden Moments” dinner, highlighted by Charlie Duke and Lisa Wilkinson in a live Q&A, in which Charlie shared firsthand accounts of NASA’s most iconic missions.

The exciting menu and event atmosphere took guests on a journey to the moon and back, and the night was capped off with a grand finale dessert inspired by lunar meteorites.

Special guests Julie Bishop, David Panton, Mack Horton, Lisa Wilkinson, Anna Heinrich and Lindy Rama-Ellis were in attendance alongside media and OMEGA VIP customers.

Long before it reached the moon, the original Speedmaster from 1957 was made to support auto-racing teams and engineers on the track. As mankind drew closer to the moon in the 1960s, so too did the OMEGA Speedmaster. When the Apollo program office went in search of one watch that it could trust during its upcoming manned missions, the Speedmaster ST 105.003 was the model they successfully tested and qualified in 1965. In fact, it passed all of the 11 demanding examinations and won the unanimous approval of the engineers and astronauts alike.

From that moment, it became an essential part of astronaut kit for all of NASA’s manned missions and was worn during history’s greatest space explorations, including all six moon landings.

Today’s Speedmaster looks almost identical to the models that NASA’s astronauts first wore into space in the 1960s and 70s. Without doubt, it combines the same pioneering spirit and distinguishing style.

To mark the 50th anniversary, OMEGA has released two Speedmaster Limited Edition models:

The Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in 18K MoonshineTM Gold – an exclusive new alloy which offers a paler hue than traditional yellow gold and higher resistance to fading over time. The design is replete with lunar history as well as modern materials and a superb new movement: OMEGA’s Master Chronometer Calibre 3861- a manual-winding OMEGA Co-Axial escapement movement with MoonshineTM Gold plated main plate and bridges, as well as burgundy markings.

The Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in stainless steel and 18K MoonshineTM Gold. In this model, two Apollo 11 tributes are found on the dial. A number “11” features in 18K MoonshineTM Gold at 11 o’clock. More notably, the 9 o’clock subdial shows Buzz Aldrin climbing down onto the lunar surface. This 18K MoonshineTM Gold subdial is blackened and laser-engraved.

Source: Omega