The Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

For well over half a century, the OMEGA Speedmaster has been at the heart of many great moments in time that have tested the limits of physical endurance and human courage, including the first manned lunar landing in July of 1969 and every single one of NASA’s manned missions since March of 1965.

The world’s most famous chronograph

The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Chronograph has a unique place in the history of space exploration as the only piece of equipment to have been used in all of NASA’s manned space missions from Gemini in the mid-1960s to the current International Space Station program. And, in 1969, when astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface - the second human being ever to do so - he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional. From that moment on, the timepiece became known as The Moonwatch, the first watch worn on the Moon.

“…the timepiece became known as The Moonwatch, the first watch worn on the Moon.”

 

HISTORY OF THE APOLLO PROGRAM

The third human spaceflight program carried out by NASA, the Apollo Program (1961 – 1972) was dedicated to President John F. Kennedy, the man who set America’s sights on the Moon. The program was responsible for the landing of the first humans on the Moon’s surface in 1969.

1968

Apollo 7

Apollo 7

Apollo 7 accomplished what it set out to do – it cleared the way for the following lunar orbit mission.

Date

October 11-22, 1968

Duration

10 days, 20 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds

Crew

Walter M.Schirra Jr., Commander
Don F.Eisele, Command Module Pilot
R.Walter Cunningham, Lunar Module Pilot

1968

Apollo 8

Apollo 8

The astronauts on this space mission were the first humans to see the dark side of the moon with their own eyes.

Date

December 21-27, 1968

Duration

6 days, 3 hours, 0 minutes, 42 seconds

Crew

Frank Borman, Commander
James A.Lovell, Jr.,Command Module Pilot
William A.Anders, Lunar Module Pilot

1969

Apollo 9

Apollo 9

Apollo 9 was marked by the first manned flight of the Lunar Module, it proved worthy.

Date

March 3-13, 1969

Duration

10 days, 1 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds

Crew

James A.McDivitt, Commander
David R.Scott, Command Module Pilot
Russel L.Schweickart, Lunar Module Pilot

1969

Apollo 10

Apollo 10

The final step before the first lunar landing, the Apollo 10 mission included descending the Lunar Module to nine miles off the Moon’s surface.

Date

May 18-26, 1969

Duration

8 days, 0 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds

Crew

Thomas P.Stafford, Commander
John W.Young, Command Module Pilot
Eugene A.Cernan, Lunar Module Pilot

1969

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

A national goal was accomplished when the Apollo 11 astronauts walked on the surface of the Moon and later returned home safely.

Date

July 16-24, 1969

Duration

8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds

Lunar location

Sea of Tranquility

Crew

Neil A.Armstrong, Commander
Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot
Edwin E."Buzz" Aldrin Jr.,Lunar Module Pilot

1969

Apollo 12

Apollo 12

Astronauts on the Apollo 12 mission were sent to the Moon to carry out extensive research and exploration tasks with the Lunar Module.

Date

November 14-24, 1969

Duration

10 days, 4 hours, 36 minutes, 0 seconds

Lunar location

Ocean of Storms

Crew

Charles Pete Conrad Jr., Commander
Richard F.Gordon Jr., Command Module Pilot
Alan L.Bean, Lunar Module Pilot

1970

Apollo 13

Apollo 13

An on-board explosion forced Apollo 13 to abort its mission: “Houston, we have a problem…”

Date

April 11-17, 1970

Duration

5 days, 22 hours, 54 minutes, 0 seconds

Crew

James A.Lovell Jr., Commander
Fred W.Haise Jr., Lunar Module Pilot
John L.Swigert Jr., Command Module Pilot

1971

Apollo 14

Apollo 14

Apollo 14 astronauts’ objectives were to collect samples of the Moon’s surface and take high-resolution photos of candidate future landing sites.

Date

January 31-February 9, 1971

Duration

9 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds

Lunar location

Fra Mauro

Crew

Alan B.Shepard Jr., Commander
Stuart A.Roosa, Command Module Pilot
Edgar D.Mitchell, Lunar Module Pilot

1971

Apollo 15

Apollo 15

Apollo 15 set several new records for crewed spaceflight, including longest total duration for lunar surface Extra-Vehicular Activity (18 hours, 37 minutes).

Date

July 26 - August 7, 1971

Duration

12 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes, 0 seconds

Lunar location

Hadley-Apennine

Crew

David R.Scott, Commander
Alfred M.Worden, Command Module Pilot
James B.Irwin, Lunar Module Pilot

1972

Apollo 16

Apollo 16

This mission involved in-flight experiments and inspection and survey of the surface in the Moon’s Descartes region.

Date

April 16-27, 1972

Duration

11 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes, 0 seconds

Lunar location

Descartes Highlands

Crew

John W.Young, Commander
Thomas K.Mattingly, Command Module Pilot
Charles M.Duke, Lunar Module Pilot

1972

Apollo 17

Apollo 17

With the objective of sampling materials and surveying the Taurus-Littrow region, Apollo 17 was the last mission to send humans to the Moon.

Date

December 7-19, 1972

Duration

12 days, 13 hours, 52 minutes, 0 seconds

Lunar location

Taurus-Littrow

Crew

Eugene A. Cernan, Commander
Ronald B. Evans, Command Module Pilot
Harrison H. Schmitt, Lunar Module Pilot

Like no other chronograph

With its black dial and iconic tachymeter scale, this 42 mm chronograph was designed to stand out. The indexes and central hour and minute hands are coated in Super-LumiNova which emits a green light. A hesalite crystal protects the dial which is enhanced with a 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and small seconds sub-dial at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively. The stainless steel case is presented on either a stainless steel bracelet or a black leather strap.

Speedmaster caseback

Engraved with OMEGA’s iconic seahorse emblem, this metal plate can be used as decoration or as a paper weight.

Speedmaster loupe

Take a closer look at your timepiece with the Speedmaster loupe, complete with a tachymetric scale around the glass.

Tool to change strap/bracelet

Instructions on how to change the Moonwatch’s bracelet to a “NATO” strap accompany this special tool.

Velcro strap

A re-edition of the strap Apollo astronauts wore in space; the printed number refers to an internal NASA reference code for the straps issued to astronauts involved in the Apollo program.

Black “NATO” strap

A black polyamide “NATO” strap with a stainless steel buckle and matching strap holders

Special presentation box

Each of the four timepieces in this family is offered with a special presentation box which includes two additional straps - a “NATO” strap and a black Velcro strap. A tool to change the bracelets and instructions for how to do so are also included along with a Speedmaster loupe, a metal plate and a book highlighting the adventures of the Speedmaster.

Earning a nickname:
“We choose to go to the moon ...”

President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to send an astronaut on the Moon was particularly audacious considering that when he first voiced it, only one American had been in space for a grand total of 15 minutes and 28 seconds. When Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional earned its distinctive nickname, The Moonwatch.

“Since its introduction in 1957, the Speedmaster has been characterized by its precision, readability and robustness.”

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