Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI Commemorative Watch, Serial No. 1007.Ron Evans' Personal 18K Gold Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph as Presented to Him by the Omega Watch Company. This beautiful watch is inscribed on the back:
man's conquest of space
Shortly after the first manned lunar landing by Apollo 11, the Omega Watch Company produced thirty of these 18K gold Speedmaster Professionals, twenty-six of which were presented to NASA astronauts at a banquet on November 25, 1969, at the Warwick Hotel in Houston (serial numbers 3-28). Eight additional astronauts that flew after this date, on Apollo missions 14 through 17, received their watches in 1972 (serial numbers 1001-1008). Altogether, there are only thirty-nine of these special presentation watches (thirty-four presented to astronauts) with the above engraving in existence (at least two of which are in a museum). A total of 1014 of these gold Speedmaster Professionals were produced; the ones sold to the public have different engraving on the back.
The technical specifications for this particular chronograph are as follows:
Movement: Caliber 861, 17 jewel, manual winding, # 27769532, rose colored plated, lever escapement, monometallic balance with shock absorber.
Case: Reference 145022-69, 18k yellow gold, inner gilt dust cap, screw back, 41mm, curved lyre lugs, bronze toned tachymetre bezel.
Dial: Champagne gold with applied black rectangular hour indexes, black second marks, black baton hands, thirty minute register, twelve hour register, constant seconds, black center fly back sweep.
Band: 18K gold, satin finish, style 1116/575, deployant clasp.
Condition: Movement good and running, dial is very good, case good overall, very slight loss to bronze paint on the bezel, lower push button cap worn thru on edges, band links with some looseness from wear.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Jan Evans (Mrs. Ron Evans) stating: "I certify that the gold Omega Speedmaster watch offered with this letter, serial number 1007, is the one presented to my husband Ron Evans, CMP Apollo 17, by the Omega watch company. It has been with our family since the flight of Apollo 17, December 1972."
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