This post is a part of my series of Omega articles, zooming in on some of the most interesting and iconic models that Omega manufactured (or still manufactures), which began last week with a list of Replica Omega watches you can find for under $1,000. In this week’s post, I attempt to answer the question of what is the most exciting Omega watch ever — in my own humble opinion, that is.
It isn’t probably surprising that the most exciting Omega watch to me is a Speedmaster. However, it might surprise you that it is not one of the first Speedmaster watches, the ones with Lemania-based caliber 321 column-wheel chronograph movements. These are the Speedmaster watches considered to be the most collectible for real purists. Although I do own a few of these vintage Speedmaster watches myself, the one that really excites me is a more recent model. It is a High Quality Cartier Replica Watches from 1969, with the Lemania-based caliber 861 movement, in a gold case.
In 1969, after the Apollo 11 moon landing, Omega decided to produce a commemorative model in all gold — gold case and bracelet and even a gold dial. Instead of the black bezel with tachymeter scale, Omega installed a burgundy-colored bezel. This model goes by the reference BA 145.022 (instead of 145.022ST for the normal stainless-steel Speedmaster Professional at the time) and has a total production of only 1,014 pieces.
Of these 1,014 pieces, the first 30 were individually numbered and engraved with the names of their receivers. These first 30 watches were presented to VIPs during a gala dinner at the Hotel Warwick in Houston on November 25th, 1969. Number 1 was offered to U.S. President Richard Nixon, who declined the watch. Number two was for his Vice President Spiro Agnew, who also declined it. (It has been said that the value of these watches were too high for an elected official to accept as a gift.) Both of these watches are in the Omega museum in Bienne, Switzerland (a visitor’s photo report from the museum can be found here). The other 28 gold Speedmaster Professional models were offered to the astronauts who were present at the dinner. Later on, Omega did a few more individually numbered and engraved versions of this Best Breitling Replica Watches for Sale astronauts from the Apollo 14, 15, 16 and 17 missions.