Up for grabs is an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
Reference 3590B was a limited edition watch to commemorate Apollo XI mission’s 20th Anniversary
There were 6,250 of these watches made in the world. Within that number, there were 3 categories. Four thousand was made for “worldwide” market and only has the “Apollo XI 1969” engraved on the side of the case. This watch is a a part of those 4,000 pieces. Two thousand were made for the US market only and had the limited number engraved on the side along with Apollo XI 1969. Finally, 250 were made for the German market only and had XXX/250 Apollo XI 1969-1989 engraved on the side.
482538XX serial number circa 1989 is also confirmed by the date on warranty card in November of 1989.
Super condition watch is unpolished. We can safely say that by the sharpness of the side engraving and lugs.
The caseback was sealed with red factory wax when the watch was found, but I made a decision to go ahead and open it to make sure the serial number matches the papers as this is still too early for lug engraved serial numbers to be used. As you can see in pictures, the movement is in untouched condition with all perfect screws as well as unmarked caseback on the inside.
The bezel and crystal are in excellent condition.
The dial is amazing with nice cream patina on plots and hands. Since the watch has never been opened before my possession and it has not been out of the case, it remains perfect without any marks.
The bracelet is original Omega ref. 1450. This bracelet was only produced for a couple years and is a rarity in itself. This is the style which is similar to Rolex’ President bracelet. Also, what’s nice here is that all links are included. I don’t think you can even order these links from Omega if you wanted to anymore.
Its very rare to see these watches come with any kind of papers or accessories, and most of the time they are not even filled in or hand filled. This watch has its original Omega wallet, the manual, the Omega guarantee as well as the Omega guarantee card with printed and matching numbers. Another very rare component that you almost never see with this is the original black Velcro strap. It appears to be in unused condition. There are no boxes, no certificate, and no hang tag that were found with this watch. Theory is that the papers, strap and watch were tucked away in a safe or deposit box where the Omega box would not fit and that’s how they got separated at some point.
Excellent example of a rare watch, with a rare bracelet, and some rare accessories.