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Speedy Tuesday - Omega Speedmaster Apollo-SoyuzIt absolutely was in 1975 if the two super powers forgot about the Cold War for just a moment by docking the Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts within an altitude of 138 miles. Launched on the 15th of July in 1975, the docking occurred around the 17th of July and lasted for 44 hours. Following your docking, the American crew transferred in the Apollo on the Soyuz spacecraft.A few months ago I've met with all the commander Apollo CSM-111 spacecraft, Thomas P. Stafford. Coupled with astronauts Vance D. Brand name and Donald K. Slayton (one of several original 7 astronauts NASA selected for their space program) he flew from your 15th of July till the 24th of July 1975. Concurrently this season, I met with Alexey Leonov, command with the Soyuz 7K-TM spacecraft. Along with cosmonaut Valeri Kubasov he flew with the 15th of July up until 21st of July.Both gents have already been number of years friends. Although Thomas P. Stafford and Alexey Leonov were wearing gold Omega replica watches right at that moment I met them, Stafford told me he was proud to obtain a Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz watch. He was talking about the model while using meteorite dial, that we've featured here before (click here for the Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyoz meteorite dial article).What didn't become clear, is he or Leonov also has the 1975 special edition Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz using the mission patch at 12 o'clock and the Saturn 1B rocket against a map in bas-relief involved back. It is always good to possess that information because of this week's article, and that is with regards to the Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz from 1975 rolex hand watch .Omega Speedmaster Apollo-SoyuzThis Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz watch was the 1st watch to commemorate the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission replica wrist watches . As we discussed for the photo's above, the dial contains the mission patch printed at 12 o'clock. The watch also sported a rather different bracelet than we're also used to, the reference 1168 with 633 end-pieces (same end-pieces because the famous and well-known 1171).The long hour markers (going up to the outer from the dial, within the minute markers) is comparable to the ones on dials employed to up 1969 together with the applied Omega logo. Due to the Apollo-Soyuz mission patch, there is absolutely no Speedmaster Professional written on the dial.Essentially, both your hands for the Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz we photographed undoubtedly are a bit dissimilar to the normal Speedmaster Professional hands. Whilst the watch we explain to you this is property of the Omega Museum in Bienne, we are unsure whether this particular hands were originally employed for this model. Most Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz models we've discover seem to have the regular set of white baton hands.Inside this watch may be the famous Lemania based caliber 861 with copper finish. It is not easy to say if the replica watches the astronauts and cosmonauts actually used in the mission provides the same movement. Considering that the Speedmaster Professional 105.012 and 145.012 (with caliber 321) were those commissioned and the caliber 861 Speedmaster Professional 145.022 wasn't certified until 1978 (for the shuttle program) my favorite guess the at the least the astronauts had the caliber 321 models on his or her wrists. Although Alexey Leonov has been photographed using an Omega Flightmaster on his wrist within the earlier mission, he and Valeri Kubasov were also wearing Speedy Pros.The caseback on the Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz has got the Saturn 1B rocket in bas-relief as well as the words Gemini - Apollo and (Soyuz). Our favourite book about the subject, Moonwatch Only (read our Moonwatch Only book review here), informs us how the case backs stood a very light engraving (Italian) plus the number of the watch. However, it also describes it was subsequently doinged this finely it would definitely disappear soon after years or wearing.As outlined by our knowledge, only 500 pieces were ever produced of the Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz (ST145.0022) model. The authors of Moonwatch Only made it possible to find delivery invoices of just 400 pieces to your Italian distributor De Marchi at that time (1976). There isn't any information on the remainder 100 pieces. Another interesting remark they made would be that the case of this watch is slightly completely different from a normal "Moonwatch" Speedmaster Pro 145.022 models. The pushers are 5.5mm in diameter instead of the regular 5mm. On pictures of this watch in Moonwatch You alone will notice the way it is class of the Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz is slightly modified to make them fit. Also, the polished part of the crown guards look like bigger within the regular reference 145.022 models. All just slight differences which makes this Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz an exceptionally interesting watch.It's very hard to value this Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz. In 2007, the famous Antiquorum OmegaMania auction had this Apollo-Soyuz that was hammered for CHF26K Swiss Francs replica rolex . I've personally seen one to be found in earlier 2000s for about 10.000 Dutch Guilders in those days. An ultra rare watch that collectors are most likely keeping on to for future years.Do you know Omega - besides this Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz 1975 model plus the 35th Apollo-Soyuz model with meteorite dial - also produced two other Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz replica watches? The twentieth and 25th anniversary editions on the Apollo-Soyuz mission were introduced in resp. 1995 and 2000. Both replica watches have been in gold and have a black dial. The 1995 model is fixed to 200 piece along with the 2000 model is bound to merely 50 pieces.If you have details concerning the Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz models, please provide us with a shout. Begin to see the gallery below for a couple more photos we took with the Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz. replica breitling watch bentley
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