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Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 'Meteorite' ReviewOmega Speedmaster Soyuz ApolloJuly will be the month of Omega's Speedmaster replica watches. Not simply the Moonlanding are going to be celebrated (around the 21th of July 2:56 GMT), the last Apollo mission which starts back to July 1975 is widely known. The ASTP (Apollo-Soyuz Test Project) consisted beyond several joint scientific experiments, but was - of course - mainly used to detect whether combined (manned) missions between two super powers will be possible sometime soon. Mission ASTP started on the 15th of July and returned on the 24th of July 1975.Now, I do think that my track record on blogging and talking about the Omega Speedmaster models can be something I am able to be a bit happy with, on the other hand never spent the time to document the Apollo-Soyuz special editions. If you're looking for just a story around the 'actual' moonreplica watches, please always read my article for the Speedies which are used through the moon landing on the 21st of July 1969 (you'll find there articles here and here).Omega has commemorated the Apollo-Soyuz in 1975 with a Speedmaster Professional ref. 145.0022 restricted to numerous 500 pieces. This model had an inscription (engraving) within the back in both English and Russian. The dial had the blue and red Apollo - Soyuz logo at 12 o'clock. Every now and then, a well used Apollo-Soyuz Speedmaster Professional shows up and could be had for approx. 10.000 Euro. At a later date, in 1995 and 2000, Omega created another Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz special. Underneath the Speedmaster that Omega introduced in 1975, featuring the handwound Lemania based cal.861 movement:As you have seen, nothing very different from your original Moonwatch, aside from the logo plus the case back. The bracelet looks a bit like an Oyster bracelet from Rolex, but it's actually an authentic Omega bracelet through the reference of 1168.This year, Omega commemorates the 35 anniversary on the combined space mission by another Speedmaster Professional Apollo Soyuz, ref. 311. An 'ordinary' steel Moonwatch, but this time by having an incredible looking dial constructed from meteorite as well as a very impressive engraving in case back with the watch. My friends from Watch-Site (on-line dealer) lend me this particular Speedmaster Pro Meteorite to experiment with with and - certainly - take a little pictures of it.This Speedmaster Soyuz Apollo watch has full functionalities of the current stainless Moonwatch, with a sapphire crystal instead of the more 'authentic' Hesalite crystal. As you can see, the dial is created out of a dark coloured section of meteorite as well as the dials have this grey-ish colour. Also made out of meteorite obviously. The dial is only stunning, unfortunately the blue-ish glare on the picture above is because the anti-reflective coating. Below, you will notice a close-up from the dial from a high-res picture I took:The cool thing about a meteorite dial is no dial provides the same structure. Certainly, we've seen dials crafted from meteorite before (such as the Rolex Daytona as we discussed only at Hodinkee) however who's produces a bit more sense. The way it is back of this Speedmaster Professional Apollo Soyuz, maintaining your hand wound caliber 1861 secure, is engraved together with the two space crafts from both the USA plus the Sovjet Union as well as the names on the cosmonauts and astronauts involved (Alexey A. Leonov, Valery N. Kubasov, Thomas P. Stafford, Vance D. Brand name and Donald K. Slayton).The 2 Apollo astronauts plus the Soyuz cosmonaut on the front row are clearly wearing Omega Speedmaster replica watches on the picture above. At the very least I could identify them around the full size type of this picture, definitely. Below you can view the situation back bearing the engraving in the space crafts as pictured above like a 'model' in front of the flight crew.Omega really makes this Apolly-Soyuz or 'Speedy Meteorite' stay ahead of a normal models, this area has this meteorite colour and has now a good leather interior. You have to push a button ahead of the box will open, replica montblanc pen watches and then the watch is located on a leather pillow within the left along with the Apollo-Soyuz emblem is situated on the right area of the box.Some photograph the white cardboard boxes outer box, while you probably can see right now what it really appears like. The booklet and papers of the watch are located in the credit card board box, plus the certificate stating the initial volume of the watch (of the total of 1975 pieces world wide).The watch wears very comfortable, i find it more leisurely as opposed to original Moonwatch with Hesalite crystal. I own a 145.012ST (caliber 321) from 1967 which weighs not nearly as expensive this sapphire crystal model (the bracelet with the modern versions can also be heavier needless to say).For the rest, the watch wears and behaves like every other similar Speedmaster model. The Lemania based movement is hand wound and in line with the original 861 caliber (now 1861), that's proven itself throughout the years of the company's use (since 1968). The crown winds very easy and softly as well as the watch immediately commences to run. The chronograph makes use of this shuttle cam system (rather than a column wheel construction) and starts, stops and resets by pressing the buttons gently.After studying the watch for 2 hours, I noticed that we actually including the red printing, in addition to the applied logo (old fashioned style!). This watch could be easily mine, undoubtedly. As well as its price? It lists for 6150 Euro through The Netherlands (check your own local dealer for just a price, even though it probably does not differ much) i always think is quite steep for just a Moonwatch which has a meteorite dial. Will the 3000 Euro extra is justified for just a special dial and engraving, restricted to 1975 pieces?If you are a collector of Speedmasters, it probably is. Watch-Site offers this BNIB model for 5250 Euro and that is already which makes it a bit easier to determine replica ladies christian dior watches . You could say the regular 'Moonwatch' is priced below its real value, that i have a tendency to under write. A normal ref. 3570. fake rolex 50.00 retails for just over 2700 Euro, with a Hesalite crystal which is. The Speedmaster is among the most (or possibly is it simply the) iconic chronograph replica watches there is. For me, it's obviously any good more 'clean' and interesting chronograph compared to famous Rolex Daytona. The classic design of the Speedmaster is impeccable and has proven itself for upwards of Half a century now.Like me scripting this, I realize i'm seeking enough arguments to justify the approximately 5K because of this superb Speedmaster Pro 'Meteorite', but you know very well what? I haven't got to. It just rocks.If you have already got an Omega Speedmaster (pre-Professional) inside your collection, always put it on another coming days. replica breitling replacement bands watches
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