Calculating the chances for the Swiss made fake Apollo XI 45th to win this quarter-final, I’ve been thinking about the reason why the 321 Ed White got more votes in the group stage. And in my opinion, the lesser number of votes for the Apollo XI 45th must have been caused by its age. The new 321 was extensively presented only this year. It’s a highly anticipated model, with good reason. It is still very fresh in everybody’s mind. The Apollo XI 45th, on the other hand, needed to get its attention from coverage six years old. 2014 was the last time that even we at Fratello had an article on this fascinating model.
What, in fact, is so special about the new 321 Ed White that it should win this quarter-final match? Is it such a huge achievement to rebuild a watch that was built in the 1960s already? Of course, I know, in fact, it is. But should a rebuilt watch win over something original? Would a cloned Muhamed Ali take down Deontay Wilder?
What’s so special about the Apollo XI 45th?
So I thought the best way to give the Apollo XI 45th a fair chance is to freshen up your minds with all the awesome (and rarely seen) details this watch offers. The first thing most people notice when looking at a watch for the first time is its dial. From top to bottom, this is a special watch. The dial, and the way it has been made, is no exception. In fact, it might be the most remarkable of remarkable elements.
The logo and wording are not printed on the dial as we might expect. Nor are they applied. Rather, the dial is made in one piece of metal and has been treated with PVD. It was created using a special laser technique, removing all material surrounding the logo, model name, sub-dials, numerals, minute, and hour markers. The result is a stunning brownish grained surface like you’ve never seen before.
A titanium case
Omega never before used titanium for the typical a-symmetrical Speedmaster Professional case. That was a first for the Apollo XI 45th limited edition. We haven’t seen it since. They decided to use grade-2 titanium with a brushed finish. Normally, titanium watches tend to be made in grade-5 titanium, which is much lighter in color, almost like stainless steel. The – untreated – grade-2 titanium even might become somewhat darker over time. The rather flashy Sedna gold bezel contrasts beautifully with the darker case and dial.
In combination with this rather dark titanium, perfect Omega replica decided additionally to give the case an overall brushed finish. Another first for a regular shaped Speedmaster Professional. The only time we saw thát again was with the stainless steel – Speedy Tuesday 1 limited edition. It suits the Speedmaster Professional extremely well. A brushed finish is toolish, but in combination with the Sedna gold of the tachymeter bezel and index-markers, at once, it becomes very sexy.
At the end of this presentation of the best 1:1 fake Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 45th Anniversary Limited Edition, we’ll turn off the lights. The clear, boxed, sapphire crystal sharply uncovers the thin lines of Super-LumiNova used in the hands and atop the index markers, which reflect the last rays of light. It’s gorgeous to look at and a real pleasure to wear.