For well over half a century, the OMEGA Speedmaster has witnessed events that have tested the limits of physical endurance and human courage, including the first manned moon landing in July 1969 and every lunar mission since that time.
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Chronograph has a unique place in the history of space exploration as the only piece of equipment used in all of NASA’s piloted space missions from Gemini to the current International Space Station program. When Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface in 1969, he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional, the chronograph that has been known as the Moonwatch ever since.
"…the timepiece became known as The Moonwatch, the first watch worn on 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 in 1962, only one American had been in space for a grand total of 15 minutes and 28 seconds. Of course, his objective was eventually achieved and the OMEGA Speedmaster was there for the first famous steps.
With its black dial and tachymeter scale, this 42 mm chronograph was designed to stand out. The indexes and central hour and minute hands are coated in Super-LumiNova. A hesalite crystal protects the dial enhanced with a 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and small seconds sub-dial. The stainless steel case is presented on a matching bracelet or a black leather strap.
"Since its introduction in 1957, the Speedmaster has been characterized by its precision, readability and robustness"
Until 1968, the Speedmaster was powered by the iconic calibre 321 which was later changed to calibre 861. This was updated with the high-grade rhodium-plated finish of the calibre 1861 and the more embellished 1863. Today, the timepiece is driven by virtually the same hand-wound movement trusted by NASA’s astronauts on the Moon.
"The Speedmaster Professional is still the only watch certified by NASA for use on an EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity)."
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.
October 11-22 1968
Apollo 7 accomplished what it set out to do – it cleared the way for the following lunar orbit mission.
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December 21-27 1968
The astronauts on this space mission were the first humans to see the far side of the moon with their own eyes.
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March 3-13 1969
Apollo 9 was marked by the first manned flight of the Lunar Module, it proved worthy.
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May 18-26 1969
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.
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July 16-24 1969
A national goal was accomplished when the Apollo 11 astronauts walked on the surface of the Moon and later returned home safely.
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November 14-24 1969
Astronauts on the Apollo 12 mission were sent to the Moon to carry out extensive research and exploration tasks with the Lunar Module.
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April 11-17 1970
An on-board explosion forced Apollo 13 to abort its mission: "Houston, we have a problem…"
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January 31-February 9 1971
Apollo 14 astronauts’ objectives were to collect samples of the Moon’s surface and take high- resolution photos of candidate future landing sites.
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July 26 - August 7 1971
Apollo 15 set several new records for crewed spaceflight, including longest total duration for lunar surface Extra-Vehicular Activity (18 hours, 37 minutes).
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April 16-27 1972
This mission involved in-flight experiments and inspection and survey of the surface in the Moon’s Descartes region.
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December 7-19 1972
With the objective of sampling materials and surveying the Taurus-Littrow region, Apollo 17 was the last mission to send humans to the Moon.
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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 strap for astronauts. 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.
Engraved with OMEGA’s iconic seahorse emblem, this metal plate can be used as decoration or as a paper weight.
Take a closer look at your timepiece with the Speedmaster loupe, complete with a tachymetric scale around the glass.
A black polyamide “NATO” strap with a stainless steel buckle and matching strap holders.
Instructions on how to change the Moonwatch’s bracelet to a “NATO” strap accompany this special tool.
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.