Omega Speedmaster Apollo XV 35th Anniversary Ref. 3366.51.00
The Apollo 15 mission of 1971 was the 9th manned mission to the moon that NASA took on after the success of Apollo 11, in 1969. Commander David R. Scott, Command Module Pilot, Alfred M. Worden and Lunar Module Pilot James B. Irwin, were tasked to take on the first J mission of the Apollo program, which as defined by NASA, called for "Extensive scientific investigation of Moon on lunar surface and from lunar orbit."
Apollo 15 was also the first of the missions that required the astronauts to dwell on the lunar surface for a longer period. A total of 18 and half hours were spent on the lunar surface for activities outside of the Lunar Module, with a totally of 77kg of lunar samples collected. Of course, beyond the many facts and figures of Apollo 15, the bit that is most widely known is that this was the first Apollo mission to utilize the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
The Omega Speedmaster Apollo XV 35th Anniversary (1,971 pieces) was launched in 2006, and according to Fratellowatches.com’s Robert-Jan Broer, while the, “first bi-color Speedmaster Pro was introduced in 1982, for the German market and a slightly different one a few years later for the Italian market. The Speedmaster Reduced had several bi-color variations available, as did the Speedmaster Teutonic model in the 1980s. That said, a bi-color Speedmaster Professional is still a rarity, but I like it.”
Rare, in fact, that the only other recent watch that bears a similar bi-metal treatment as the Speedmaster Apollo XV 35th Anniversary is one of five watches that were launched to commemorate, what would’ve been, the Tokyo 2020 games, Subtle difference there is that the Tokyo 2020 games’ version is steel and yellow gold, whereas the Apollo XV 35th Anniversary is steel and rose gold. And there’s loads of it, again, subtly albeit. Starting with the rings on the subdials, these are in gold as are the hour markers, the applied Omega logo, and all of the watch’s hands are in gold as well.
Moving out to 42mm stainless steel case of the watch, we see that the bezel of the watch is in gold with a black aluminum inlay. The crown and chronograph pushers, too, are — you guessed it — in gold.
But the thing that will be of most appeal for the NASA Speedmaster nut is the manner in which it quietly makes reference to the Apollo mission it’s associated with. Flipping the watch over, we see that it has the Apollo 15 mission patch incorporated. According to Robert-Jan, “It was Italian dress designer Emilio Pucci who contributed the basic idea for this patch. The crew of Scott, Worden, and Irwin, modified Pucci’s design and colors a bit. Behind the three birds (that presumably represent the crewmen), we can see the lunar surface of the landing site.”
Model Speedmaster Box/Papers Yes Functions Hours, minutes; small seconds; chronograph; tachymeter Material Stainless Steel & Red Gold Dimension 42 mm Dial Black Case Material Stainless Steel & Red Gold Movement Manual-winding Lume Super-LumiNova Calibre 1861 Power Reserve: 48 hours Water Resistance: 50m Strap Stainless steel bracelet Lug Width: 20 mm
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