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Speedy Tuesday - RIP Eugene Cernan - We look back at 'his' Apollo 17 watch from 2012Yesterday (around an hour ago), we read that Eugene Cernan, the very last Man around the Moon, passed way age 82. Eugene Cernan was a student in space three times, with Gemini 9A, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17. Apollo 17 to be the last Apollo mission in 1972. Two Speedmaster replica watches were commemorating any particular one mission. One in 2002, that you received his Last Man on the Moon book, and the later 2012 edition with the coin dial.We wrote with that last watch in 2013 already, but thought it may be appropriate to write it all over again. We also recommend you to watch Last Man for the Moon, an attractive documentary (Netflix offers it in certain countries) this trip.Speedmaster Professional311.'s Speedy Tuesday and we are featuring the watch committed to the final Man within the Moon: the Speedmaster Professional Apollo XVII 40th Anniversary unique. This model was obviously a bit frowned upon by Speedy purists throughout the introduction, however the 925 silver dial now seems to be accepted individuals of those.Last Man Around the MoonLet's keep in mind what this Speedmaster commemorates. NASA's Apollo 17 was their last (manned) search for the Moon. It absolutely was the 6th lunar landing as well as on board were astronauts Cernan, Schmitt and Evans. Only Cernan and Schmitt enter about the Moon, Evans stayed behind from the Command Module.AstronautsSchmitt gps watch , Cernan (seated), EvansAlthough initially there are also Apollo 18, 19 and 20 mission scheduled, these ones got cancelled for various reasons. Essentially the most 'popular' (and thus unofficial) reason is that after mankind set foot within the Moon, a person's eye from the general public was lost and people started complaining regarding the costs of the missions.Eugene Cernan on the MoonAnyway, Eugene Cernan is known as the final man for the Moon and also wrote a book using this type of title in 1999. To my best knowledge, this book received by some jewelers to buyers of the first Apollo 17 commemorative watch in 2002 (30th anniversary). The 30th anniversary Apollo 17 Speedmaster was a 'regular' Speedy but with a special engraving in the event back.Apollo 17 DialThe dial from the Speedmaster ref.311. is manufactured beyond sterling silver. The Apollo 17 mission patch has been used for your replica watches dial, that's beautifully embossed in silver. The OMEGA logo, wording and 'Speedmaster Professional' wording has become printed within the sapphire crystal. Therefor, the dial is extremely 'clean' and just like a coin dial.It's this dial which enables this Speedmaster stand out. We have seen mission patches within the 9 o'clock sub dial, use of colors (recall the Apollo 15 dialor Gemini IV Speedy?) but seldomly the truth that they used rare materials (aside from this recent Meteorite Soyuz-Apollo unique). OMEGA only produced 1972 components of this Apollo VXII model. Although OMEGA launched this Speedy already at Baselworld 2012, they did not deliver it to your boutiques and retailers prior to end of 2012, as being the Apollo 17 mission were only available in December 1972. It would not make sense to supply it 39.5 years after the Apollo 17 mission.Case, Bracelet and MovementThe case, bracelet and movement are identical for the Speedmaster Professional 'Moonwatch' reference 357.50, even though this model has a sapphire crystal suited to the way it is plus a special engraving in the case back. The movement will be the famous hand-wound Lemania based caliber 1861 without the special finishing (1863). This can be only being carried out for the models using a transparent caseback. It is likely you know already, nevertheless movement could be the successor of the caliber 861 movement. The caliber 321 and caliber 861 movements are that achieved the Moon. The visible difference involving the caliber 861 and caliber 1861 movement will be the using materials along with an extra jewel. The main difference between your column wheel chronograph movement caliber 321 and shuttle-cam chronograph caliber 861 is bigger. Replacing the caliber 861 happened around 1997. So, this movement may be 'around' for quite a while already again but still going strong.The bracelet may be the standard issued reference 1998 bracelet. A great bracelet having a folding clasp that's being run by two push buttons. All the backlinks are fitted that has a pin (not screwed). To some this sounds annoying, a high priced watch that uses a bracelet with pins as an alternative to screws. However, I have already been told this continues to be surefire obviously. Screwed or pins, always be certain to execute a visual check once in a while to ascertain if all pins remain correctly fitted.Like all other limited editions or numbered editions, this Apollo 17 Speedy comes in a unique box. Not the red leather box that comes with the majority of OMEGA replica watches replica watches europe , however with a black leather box which includes an Apollo 17 mission patch within. As can bee seen below:Collectible Speedy?As previously mentioned, you cannot assume all Speedmaster fans were easy with this limited edition. Especially due to the medallion dial in silver. However, it remains on the list of unique Speedmaster Professional (mission) models and can therefor be collectible sometime soon. At least it is precisely what I predict. This model was introduced at a cost of $7200 USD / 5380 Euro, which was - back then - quite a bit above the standard issued Speedmasters.A big thank you to Darren Townend for submitting a Speedmaster once again! If you want to have your Speedmaster featured here watches , and have an excellent anecdote on the Speedy, contact us and we'll put it on-line on Speedy Tuesday. Darren is member of the most popular Australian based Omega Forums website.More information on this Speedmaster can be obtained here, about the official OMEGA website. A 2014 interview with Eugene Cernan as well as the BBC is available here.Rest in peace Eugene Cernan,March 14th1934 - January 16th2017.*This article originally appeared on April 16th 2013 and was published again one day after Eugene Cernan past away age 82.** Header image via CollectSpace.comVia http://spacearttribute.blogspot.ch/