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l Omega Speedmaster Gemini 4
Mar 30, 2005 - 07:54 AM
This special Speedmaster model, created for
Baselworld 2005, commemorates not only the 40th
anniversary of the first space walk, but also the
40th anniversary of the Speedmaster's flight
qualification for manned spaceflight missions.
These important milestones are celebrated with a
distinctive model with a blue dial and matching
blue aluminium ring on the steel bezel. Only 2,005
pieces will be made.
The Gemini 4 limited-edition Speedmaster is
characterised by its blue dial and silver counters
for the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters
and continuous seconds. The blue theme is also
continued on the bezel, with the familiar
tachymeter scale reproduced on a blue aluminium
ring. The commemorative nature of the timepiece is
indicated by a subtle red engraving 1965-2005 below
the Speedmaster name at 12 o'clock on the dial.
The applied Omega symbol above the name, as well as
12 rhodium-plated hour markers, also add a hint of
luxury and indicate that this Speedmaster is
special. In all other respects, the watch remains a
classic Speedmaster, with the same case, bracelet
and hesalite crystal found on the "Moon Watch" -
the standard Speedmaster Professional model.
Movement is the hand-wind Omega caliber 1861.
However, one of its most striking features is
destined to remain hidden most of the time, since
it is the distinctive Gemini 4 mission patch,
bearing the names of the crew, McDivitt and White,
and an illustration of the first space walk, that
is etched in colour on the sapphire crystal case
back with the engraving "First Space Walk 40th
Anniversary" and the limited-edition number