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Editors' choice: HODINKEE Editors choose their very favorite Speedmaster (or try)



This Gold Speedmaster may not have gone to the moon, but it celebrates many of the people who made the moon landing possible. It was first presented on November 25, 1969, at a banquet in Houston, Texas, to honor NASA astronauts. Clocks 1 and 2 were dedicated to the then-U.S. President Richard Nixon and his Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, although politicians politely dismissed the gifts due to rules preventing public officials from accepting very valuable things – you can see Nixon in Stephen's post from last month here. Clocks 3 through 28 were presented to the astronauts at the aforementioned banquet. Overall, 1

,014 was made between 1969 and 1973.

It is somewhat fascinating for me to take a watch that is used to carry out a task or a specific task and re-interpret it in a material yellow gold – which gives unambiguous luxury. Just like the Gold Heuer Carreras given by Jack Heuer to members of the automotive industry, these Gold Speedys were made an elite class of professionals to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.

I think a Gold Speedmaster looks amazing and completely different from your standard Speedy steel case. It is a good thing that Omega acknowledged this watch with a tribute earlier this year. And even if the original did not use a 321, here is hoping for a 321-driven Speedmaster during this anniversary, in gold or otherwise.


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