As a tribute to Gene Cernan (who passed away on January 16th of this year) and commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission. Gene Cernan was the astronaut to set the last foot on the Moon, which was exactly at 05:34 GMT. That explains the writing on the dial, just below ‘Speedmaster Professional’
The gold replica piece is just what we wrote about at the end of March, so you could find something you want here. It was initially limited to 72 pieces (and sold out), but the requirement was so high for these gold Speedmaster Apollo 17 watches, that Omega increased it 272 pieces. It is perhaps not the best strategy to do so (especially for those who have a confirmed order), but on the other hand, if the demand is still increasing, the replica Omega made 200 extra to meet people’s needs, and this really make them totally satisfied..
Different from the original Moonwatch, the Apollo 17 is being delivered with a sapphire crystal. Just like some of the previous limited editions (like the Silver Snoopy Award for example), Omega seems to prefer a sapphire crystal for these rather than Hesalite.
Fake Omega is interested in using ceramics for most of their new sports watches. The original Moonwatch is one of the few models which is still without ceramics and hopefully they keep it that way. This Speedmaster Apollo 17 though, uses blue ceramic for its dial and bezel. The blue bezel uses Ceragold for its tachymeter scale, which is a patented process to create a seamless integration of ceramics and gold.
The blue dial of the watch combines nicely with the gold applied hour markers and sub dial rims. The hands that indicate the time are also made of gold while the chronograph hands are white baton hands. The replica Omega logo and writing are also in gold, to match the other gold accents.
On the 9 o’clock sub dial you’ll find the Apollo 17 patch. The gold Speedmaster Apollo 17 has a gold applied mission patch. It would have perhaps been a bit too much to apply that to the stainless steel Speedmaster Apollo 17 as well. So instead, you’ll find a white patch. The caseback of the Speedmaster Apollo 17 also shows the mission patch, embossed in steel.
The bezel of the case-back shows that this watch is commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Last Man on the Moon mission and that it is a tribute to Gene Cernan. The special number of each watch is engraved here as well. There is no mention of ‘Professional Moonwatch’ on the caseback, like all the new 2017 regular Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ models have.
From what we have talked about above you could see that the watch uses a sapphire crystal instead of the plexi crystal. You can also see that the Speedmaster bracelets are using screws since a couple of years. Something that we’ve seen in an early stage on the Apollo 15 limited edition 40th anniversary from 2011 and was later on adopted in the regular Speedmaster Professional collection as well.
To be brutally honest with you, when I first saw this watch it scared me quite a bit. The press images that popped up on some places before the official release showed a very blue dial. I mentioned this in our coverage of the gold edition of this Omega Speedmaster Apollo 17 watch as well. However, in the flesh the blue dial is very attractive and not having the slightest resemblance with the hard blue tone it had on the rendered PR images. The gold and blue is a very amazing combination on both the dial and the Ceragold blue bezel. The only somewhat strange thing is the racing-like minute track on the watch. I am not sure why this was done on this Moonwatch variation, where there is no link with the racing models of the past. Reasons aside, it does look beautiful and perfect in every aspect.