The Speedmaster is a watch that needs no introduction, first produced in 1957 and worn by numerous astronauts including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their lunar surface in 1969. There have been many special Speedmaster references throughout the years, including this 1989 limited edition to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the moon landing. Around 6,000 pieces were made for different markets, some numbered and some not. What we have here is the un-numbered edition with “Apollo XI 1969” engraved on the 9 o’clock case side. It also comes with the highly sought after “holy grail” reference 1450 bracelet, which has D-shaped three-piece links and solid end links. Many claim this to be the most comfortable Speedmaster bracelet ever made.
Speedmaster 20th Anniversary Apollo XI
Omega 1450 stainless steel bracelet with 808 end links
Max Wrist Size:
7.125in (16 links)
Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in
UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.
MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.
EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.
VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.
GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.
Case: The case shows normal signs of wear for a piece that has been actively worn over its 30-year life. The bezel also shows signs of wear with a few nicks near the “Tachymeter” text and a slight dent to the outer ring at the 5 o’clock position. The engravings on the case back remain sharp and deep. Part of the “A” and “P” in the “Apollo XI 1969” engraving on the case side are worn away.
Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The dial is in great condition with nice, evenly-yellowed tritium hour markers. The tritium hands match and show a little deterioration, which is normal for this period. The original crystal has the Omega logo etched at the center and shows trace signs of scratches that have been polished out over the years.
Bracelet/Strap: The bracelet condition is consistent with the rest of the watch.
Functions: All functions including the crown-winding, time-setting, and chronograph start/stop/reset are working as expected.
Service History: Unknown.