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OMEGA and the 35th Anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Mission
Legendary U.S. astronauts Lt. General Thomas Stafford and Vance Brand, and Russian cosmonauts General Alexsei Leonov and Valery Kubasov, traveled to New York City to join OMEGA in a special two-day celebration of the 35th anniversary of the historic Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission, during which the astronauts and cosmonauts wore the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional.
Lt. General Stafford, Mr. Brand and Mr. Kubasov made a special appearance at the OMEGA Flagship Boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York City on Thursday, July 15th where they signed and donated 10 limited edition OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz “35th Anniversary” chronograph boxes to commemorate the mission’s historic anniversary and participated in a special forum discussion, moderated by space expert Miles O’Brien, sharing their memories of their famous mission and landmark “handshake in space.”
Later that evening, Lt. General Stafford, Mr. Brand and Mr. Kubsaov joined OMEGA for a festive VIP dinner at the famed Russian restaurant, Firebird, on 46th St.
On Friday, July 16th, the astronauts and cosmonauts visited the OMEGA Tourbillon Boutique on Wall St. for a celebratory luncheon with Russian dignitaries and special guests, including Hon. Andrey K. Yushmanov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in NYC, Vladimir Kikilo, U.N. Bureau Chief, ITAR-TASS, and Metropolitan Opera singer Monica Yunus.
Lt. General Stafford, Mr. Brand and Mr. Kubasov then made a special appearance at the New York Stock Exchange, where they rang the day's Closing Bell to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission.
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz “35th Anniversary” chronograph is released in a limited edition of 1,975 watches, featuring a meteorite dial and engraved case back.