Lot 5088: Limited edition 35th Anniversary Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch, numbered 1098/1971, manufactured by Omega in 1996 to celebrate the anniversary of Apollo 15 and the utilization of the Lunar Rover Vehicle. Brushed stainless steel case houses a manual-winding Omega chronograph movement, calibre 1861 with sapphire crystal 18-carat red gold push buttons and crown. Caseback is etched with the Apollo 15 mission emblem and engraved with the mission and anniversary, the Omega logo, and the limited edition number. Includes the original presentation case, matte silver wooden box, certificate of authenticity, operating booklet, an Omega card holder with Pictogram and warranty cards, and additional bracelet links. In fine condition, with expected light marks to band and case from use. NASA subjected several brands of watches to tests under extreme environmental conditions before issuing them to astronauts—the wristwatches were exposed to environmental conditions ranging from 0 to 200 °F, tested under 95% humidity for ten day periods, endured bursts of high acceleration and shock forces, and experienced severe air pressure and vibration trails. After three years of extreme testing the evaluation concluded in March 1965 with the selection of the Speedmaster, which survived the tests while staying largely within five seconds per day rate. Intimately associated with the Apollo program, the Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch has become one of the most iconic timepieces ever created.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $2500 - 3500
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