Steel on Steel
Note: watch no longer available
This OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch “Apollo XVII” is limited to 1,972 pieces and commemorates the 45th anniversary of the final moon landing in 1972.
The 42 mm stainless steel case features a polished blue ceramic bezel with its tachymeter scale in OMEGA Ceragold™. The dial is also polished blue ceramic with 18K yellow gold indexes and hour-minute “Moon” hands that are coated in Super-LumiNova.
The subdial hands are 18K yellow gold or varnished matt white, and the central chronograph hand is also varnished white with a red tip.
“05:34 GMT” is printed in red indicating the time that Cernan made the final step on the moon, while the 9 o’clock subdial is distinguished by a representation of the God Apollo and the moon – etched in PVD in a chrome colour.
The watch has a stainless steel bracelet and is driven by the iconic OMEGA calibre 1861. The caseback is engraved with “45th ANNIVERSARY”, “Limited Edition” and a unique number. It also has an embossed Apollo XVII patch, “APOLLO XVII” and “a tribute to Gene Cernan”.
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Stainless steel is certainly the most conventional of watchmaking materials for outer craftsmanship, and offers beauty, strength and affordability. OMEGA uses 316L stainless steel. Known for its corrosion-resistance and high lustre after polishing, this material is often the ideal choice for watches in both daily-use and high-stress situations such as diving and adventure.
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OMEGA has unrivalled expertise in the use of ceramics, dating back more than 10 years. Taking its origin from the Greek word "keramos", ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic substance obtained by firing at high temperatures. It allows the creation of completely dense watch parts with exceptional mechanical properties. Ceramic is one of the most popular choices for customers when selecting their timepiece, thanks to its appealing colour range and specific properties, such as it being two times lighter than stainless steel, hardwearing, highly scratch-resistant, chemically inert, hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly and non-magnetic.
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To really appreciate the finer details of a timepiece, OMEGA uses synthetic sapphire crystal with a highly scratch-resistant and anti-reflective treatment. Before the machining and finishing processes take place, the sapphire crystals are produced under the Verneuil process, also called flame fusion. It involves the melting of the raw substance using oxyhydrogen flame and the crystallisation of the melted droplets to form a cylinder. Graded 9 on the Mohs-hardness scale (graded 1-10), the resulting sapphire crystals are virtually scratch-proof and very hard, ensuring an unhindered vision at all times.
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Famous manual-winding chronograph movement. A descendent of the calibre that was worn on the Moon. Rhodium-plated finish.
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