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Speedy Tuesday - OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz 1975Apollo-SoyuzIn 2014, we already covered the Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz plus the background of this watch: The Apoll0-Soyuz mission in 1975.Two super powers forgot in regards to the Cold War for a minute by docking the Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts within an altitude of 138 miles. Launched on the 15th of July in 1975, the docking occurred about the 17th of July and lasted for 44 hours. Following the docking, the American crew transferred through the Apollo to the Soyuz spacecraft.All men within this mission, astronauts and cosmonauts, wore Omega Speedmaster replica watches rolex midsize datejust . Interesting enough, commander Thomas P. Stafford (we'd a peek at his personal watch here), wore his gold Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI that she received. Additional NASA crew members wore the issued caliber 321 Speedmaster Professional replica watches. All cosmonauts wore the later Speedmaster Professional 145.022 with caliber 861 movement.Italian MarketItaly, one year later, in 1976. To commemorate the successful Apollo-Soyuz mission, Italian Omega distributor De Marchi requested a special Speedmaster for their market. For a long period, it absolutely was assumed this batch of Speedmasters contains 500 replica watches. However, according to the Moonwatch Only book (with no it yet, order it) this number is not confirmed. About the original invoice how the authors from the book found, there were a purchase order for 400 pieces. There are a few assumptions being performed with regards to the other possible 100 pieces (assembled by the distributor himself for example), but there is however no proof of this. Below, a copy of the Extract of Records of 2008 (click the link to find out the procedure of producing Extract of the Archives today).Speedmaster Apollo-SoyuzSo, ideas hold the Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz watch. This exact watch was also featured from the wonderful 'The Ultimate Speedmaster Exhibition' book by Roy & Sacha Davidoff. The watch is dependant on the standard Speedmaster Professional 145.022 model with caliber 861 movement. There's a handful of note worthy changes though, that I will touch down the line.Dial and HandsThis Speedmaster Professional, contains the Apollo-Soyuz mission patch at 12 o'clock. Normally, the Speedmaster has got the Omega logo there. Where 'Speedmaster Professional' is printed normally, is actually 'Omega'. No mentioning of 'Speedmaster' within the dial. The Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz we showed to you in 2014 in one of the Speedy Tuesday articles, experienced a strange set of hands. This model, gets the regular white baton Speedmaster hands, loaded with tritium.Apollo-Soyuz CaseThe the event of the Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz is another tad bit distinctive from the normal 145.022 models. watches The chronograph pushers have a very larger diameter than the normal pushers (5.5mm as an alternative to 5mm). Consequently the case band also needed to be modified to help make the pushers fit.CasebackThe caseback in the watch is special at the same time. Rather than the usual markings and "Flight Qualified engraving, this one shows the Gemini * Apollo * Soyoz (in Russian) and also a bas-relief medallion of the Saturn 1B rocket. Closer inspection also shows a person number, '006' and an Omega logo. Because the image below also shows, the end-pieces with the bracelet are numbered 633.BraceletThe bracelet for the Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz seemed to be not the same as a normal reference 1171 at that time. This bracelet, reference 1168 (and not 1165 because Extract claims) looks more like the famous Oyster bracelet that Rolex uses. It uses exactly the same end-links since the 1171 bracelet, reference 633, as shown above. This task looks good i think.Box and PapersThe Omega Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz was delivered in the box as shown below. Unlike the enormous boxes you obtain today with the numbered or exclusive edition Speedmaster. The papers show the sales date of 24th of August 1981. It's almost unbelievable until this watch sat in a search for about Several years. However, I don't know how big is the demand was for mechanical replica watches in those years. With the quartz crisis and the like, I know that the demand was small along with the collecting community was small. Much smaller than today's. Some ThoughtsIn my early years of collecting, late 1990s, I will only recall knowing one Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz available for purchase. In Rotterdam of places. I do think the purchase price was around 10,000 Dutch Guilders, having said that i am not 100% sure about this.It's likely that smaller you will discover one available other than on auctions or specialist websites. These replica watches have a tendency to remain in the inner circles of Speedmaster collectors the best fake rolex . It's very difficult to convey a price on these replica watches. It can be to the buyer and seller to come to a binding agreement, having said that i expect high prices to be fetched. Specially when complete with box and papers.It makes me wonder where all 400 pieces went and when they can be still all 'alive'. Perhaps a lot of them wound up in drawers and haven't moved since the last 3 decades . Together with the internet, the market is becoming quite transparent and those that made the purchase previously, or inherited it afterwards, can easily try to find value and requirement for these without difficulty.Other Apollo-Soyuz commemorative Speedmasters include the one using the meteorite dial (2009) and the gold version from 1995. Every one of the astronauts and former NASA people I have come across at Omega events, were wearing these meteorite Apollo - Soyuz replica watches eventually. Quite amazing.