The Omega Speedmaster Pro Apollo XI 45th Anniversary Watch is a limited edition which just 1970 pieces only. This Omega dress watch released at Baselworld 2015.
One of those details is that the hand on the 9 o’clock sub dial is all-white, while the other hands are black. Another detail is that the numerals on the three sub dials look a bit different compared to the regular black dial Moonwatch: they aren’t filled. The hands, hour markers and the Snoopy at 9 o’clock are painted with Super-LumiNova. Besides the fact that it enables you to read the time under low-light conditions, it also looks very nice, especially the glowing beagle at 9 o’clock.
The case has the same dimension as the normal Omega Speedmaster Pro Moonwatch, which is 42mm. However, the watch has a bit different proportions and therefore a slightly different appearance on the wrist from the normal Moonwatch in my opinion. This has to do with the thickness of the case band, it is slightly thicker than the normal version. That, combined with the ceramic bezel, makes the watch look a bit different when worn on the wrist than the Moonwatch. Perhaps that the sapphire crystal also plays a role in this slight difference in appearance. The ceramic bezel has a tachymetre scale that has been filled with Super0-LumiNova.
However, the most important aspect of the case of the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award is of course the back side. The snap caseback features a silver Snoopy medallion mounted on a silver plate and filled with blue enamel. Silver powder is sprinkled by hand on the enamel, giving each watch a unique look. Of course, the silver Snoopy resembles the official Snoopy lapel pin that was given by NASA to Omega for the role of the Speedmaster during Apollo 13. In the stainless steel caseback, you’ll also find the number of the watch engraved, as well as the Apollo XIII 45th Anniversary and the Eyes on the Stars line.
Just like the regular Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’, the Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award has the hand-wound Lemania based caliber 1861 inside. It has a rhodium plated finish and a power reserve of 48 hours. The chronograph uses a shuttle cam mechanism instead of a column-wheel. On the official website, we see that they claim that the caliber 1861 movement was worn on the Moon, which isn’t the case as far as I know. Actually, I am not even certain that there was a caliber 861 on the Moon, besides the watch I discussed from Ron Evans that was used in the Apollo 17 CM, but not on the Moon.
The strap is coated nylon and has a leather lining. It is remarkably comfortable and the stainless steel folding clasp makes it easy to adjust to the right size. I guess I could put a stainless steel bracelet on this watch, any of the modern 20mm Speedmaster bracelets would do, but actually prefer wearing it on the soft strap. The strap tapers from 20mm between the lugs to 18mm at the folding clasp. The strap is a bit padded near the case, but gets flat towards the two ends.
The Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award comes in a nice wooden black box. Not the same one as the regular Moonwatch, but a tad bit smaller and higher. You will find a special newspaper concerning the Apollo 13 mission in the package, as well as a polishing cloth, traveling pouch, leather card holder for the two credit card sized cards and a silver Snoopy lapel pin.