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6 October 2010

OMEGA welcomes Dr. Buzz Aldrin to Sydney

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On Tuesday 5th October, OMEGA held an exclusive evening with famous astronaut and brand Ambassador Dr. Buzz Aldrin for a select group of VIP customers and celebrity guests at the OMEGA Boutique in Castlereagh Street in the heart of Sydney.

Dr. Aldrin has enjoyed a long association with OMEGA: when he stepped on to the lunar surface on the 20th of July 1969, the OMEGA Speedmaster chronograph strapped around his spacesuit became the first watch to be worn on the Moon.  Neil Armstrong had left his own Speedmaster aboard the Lunar Module to serve as a reliable backup to the craft’s electronic timing system.

 

At the exclusive event VIP customers and celebrity guests were treated to a Q&A session with Dr. Aldrin and well known journalist and TV personality Sarah Wilson.  Dr. Aldrin spoke of his memories of the 1969 mission which made him and Armstrong such an important part of the history of exploration. 

 

Dr. Aldrin also spoke fondly about his partnership with OMEGA which has lasted over 40 years when he wore the OMEGA Speedmaster watch on the moon.  Since then he has worn a large collection of OMEGA watches including the OMEGA Seamaster Diver that he wears on his deep diving trips, which is a favourite past time of his.    

 

On the evening, Stephen De Lucchi, General Manager of OMEGA Australia announced the exciting news that Dr. Aldrin would be signing five OMEGA Speedmaster Moon watches which will be sold exclusively at the OMEGA Castlereagh Street boutique from Wednesday 6th October, with 20% of sales per watch to be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation which aims to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families throughout Australia.

 

Anne Johnston, Head of Partnerships at Starlight Children’s Foundation was there to accept the kind donation from OMEGA and spoke of her gratefulness to the brand and to Dr. Aldrin.

 

Dr. Aldrin has a doctorate in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a passionate advocate for space tourism and at the event spoke of his aim for human’s to colonize Mars within the next 30 years.

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