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Editor's Tips: HODINKEE editors choose (or try) their favorite Speedmaster



This golden Speedmaster has not gone to the moon, but 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, in honor of NASA astronauts. Clocks 1 and 2 were then dedicated to the United States. President Richard Nixon and his vice-president Spiro T. Agnew, although both politicians politely declined the gifts because the civil servants were not allowed to accept highly valuable items, you can see Nixons here in Stephens Post last month. Watches 3 to 28 were presented to the astronauts at the banquet mentioned above. Altogether 1

,014 copies were produced between 1969 and 1973.

It's fascinating for me to take a watch for a mission or task and reinterpret it in a material – yellow gold – that conveys distinct luxury. Like the golden Heuer Carreras, which Jack Heuer has presented to members of the automotive industry, these golden Speedys have been made for an elite class of professionals to celebrate their extraordinary achievements Standard Speedy with Steel Case. It's great that Omega pays homage to this watch earlier this year. And although the original did not use a 321, in this jubilee year we hope for a Speedmaster with 321 drivetrain, in gold or otherwise.


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