Apollo 17 was the final mission of the United States’ Apollo lunar landing program, and was the sixth landing of humans on the Moon. It was launched on December 7, 1972, with a three-member crew including Commander Eugene Cernan, who was the world’s last person to leave footprints on the lunar surface. To celebrate 40th anniversary of this historical event, Omega has released a special watch, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII Anniversary Limited Edition, just as it did the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 in 2009 and the 35th anniversary of the Apollo Soyuz mission in 2010.
The dial of this model has been replaced with a sterling silver hand-crafted engraving of the Apollo XVII mission patch which captures Man, the Future, the Recollection of Apollo and the Flag, similar to what we saw last year with the Omega Apollo XV 40th anniversary watch. Both the dial and its blackened hands are protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Other features of this exceptional timepiece include a 42mm wide steel case, with both polished and brushed finishes, equipped with a black tachometer scale on the bezel. The movement is the Omega 1861 manual-winding chronograph caliber, the same movement used in the very first Speedmaster to be called “Moonwatch.” The case is water-resistant to 50 meters (167 feet) and is attached to a stainless steel bracelet.
The screw-down caseback of this limited edition features the brand’s familiar seahorse emblem and is also engraved with “THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON,” a reference to Cernan’s place in space exploration history; “DECEMBER 14, 1972,” the date of the milestone; “APOLLO XVII,” “40TH ANNIVERSARY,” and “LIMITED EDITION” followed by the series number of the watch, from “0001″ to “1,972.”
Expected, Omega will produce 1,972 pieces of this Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII limited edition watch, at the price of $7,200.