The dial is grey with black sub-dials for the chronograph minutes, the 12-hour counter, and the running seconds, and there is a black track for the hours and minutes on the periphery of the dial. The sub-dial for the seconds at 9 o’clock presents an interesting focal point. At the nine o’clock position, there is a laser-engraved image of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepping down onto the lunar surface, recalling Apollo 11’s fateful landing in 1969. This laser engraving, and also the bezel, have been produced in 18-karat Moonshine Gold, a new alloy that is slightly paler than yellow gold, which Omega has developed for longterm color stability. The bezel ring is ceramic, and the tachymeter scale has been made in Ceragold. The watch’s case is made from stainless steel, as is its bracelet. Turning it over, one is greeted not with an open view of the cal. 3861, but with another tribute to 1969’s lunar landing. Laser-engraved onto a moon-surface texture is an image of an astronaut’s footprint framed by Neil Armstrong’s legendary quote, transmitted from the lunar surface back to the earth at 10:39 EDT on July 20, 1969: “THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN – ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.”
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