That’s right, he made a conscious decision to strap his Omega onto his wrist because what kind of Space Cowboy would be complete without his most heroic of timepieces? This made his Speedmaster the first watch on the Moon. While the Tribute to Apollo 11 features the familiar crown guards and lyre lugs of its ancestor, the seminal ST 105.012, it is transformed into an achingly modern timepiece through the use of matte, brushed Grade 2 titanium, combined with a Sedna gold bezel. Similarly, the iconography on the dial looks familiar until you realize it has been executed by first PVD to create a matte, almost sinister, stealth surface, followed by laser engraving to excavate material around the subdials and indexes.
Omega’s Vice President and Head of Products, Jean-Claude Monachon, explains: “We wanted to create a watch that was simultaneously vintage and yet incredibly modern both in material and techniques. A prime example is the way we laser-engraved every minute index and even the Omega logo. When combined with the applied Sedna gold hands and the hour markers, we felt we’d created something totally unique.”