Omega is super excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing mission, and they are doing many exceptional things (read – limited edition commemorative watches) including teaming with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For their exhibition – Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography, both Omega and The Met are doing all that they can to maintain the festivities across the lines. As a sponsor for the event, you can only expect the best from Omega.
Let’s discuss this limited edition remake of the Speedmaster Ref. CK2998 – the watch that was the first Omega in space. Called the Speedmaster ‘First OMEGA in Space’: The Met Edition, the watch features many details that are dedicated to The Met. What you must know, is that Omega has the ‘First OMEGA in Space’, worn by astronaut Wally Schirra when he was out on the Mercury Sigma 7 mission in 1962, has inspired this timepiece.
Limited to only a hundred timepieces, the watch comes with a stainless steel case and is supported with straight lugs. The case is not very big, it measures 39.7 mm in diameter and it comes with a black anodized aluminum bezel. I am particularly fond of the black varnish dial, which looks very elegant when teamed with the red and white striped Nato strap. This of course, compliments The Met signature colors.
Under the hood of this Chronograph is a caliber 1861, originated from the novel caliber 321. Engraved on the caseback is with The Met’s logo along with Omega’s Seahorse medallion and the Met logo is inscribed on the loop. When you buy the watch, they hand it over in a unique presentation box that features The Met logo. A bonus brown leather strap comes in the box.
The exhibition is currently on and you can visit it till the September 22, 2019. You can marvel at the photos of the moon, as The Met showcases more than 170 photographs along with drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and cameras that were used by Apollo 11 astronauts. Available at the Omega Boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York City and The Met Museum on Fifth Avenue (including online), you can pick it up for $5200.