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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Encounter With Omega’s Very First Gold Speedmaster

Created for Apollo astronauts and gifted to Richard Nixon, this is one very, very special Speedy.

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In case you somehow haven't heard (and really, you'd kind of have to be living under a literal rock at this point not to have), this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. And, as you'd expect, Omega is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. The connection to NASA through the Speedmaster, which is still the only watch ever qualified by NASA for space flight, is one of the strongest ties between horology and popular culture, and that's not at all lost on the Biel-based watchmaker. The two big celebratory roll-outs so far this year are the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition and the similarly named but actually very different Speedmaster Apollo 11 Anniversary Limited Edition. The former is stainless steel with a few special engravings and visual nods to the famous mission, while the latter is a riff on the very first gold Speedmaster, which was made as a commemorative gift for those who first put man on the Moon.