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The Speedmaster

MOONWATCH PROFESSIONAL

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.

Omega SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL MOONWATCH with steel case and bracelet and its black dial and bezel

SINCE THE SPEEDMASTER FIRST LANDED ON THE MOON

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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 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."

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 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.

Like no other chronograph

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"

A CLASSIC MOVEMENT

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)."

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.

Apollo 7 pod on earth orbit

October 11-22 1968

APOLLO 7

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

Duration

10D 20H 09M 03S

Apollo 8’s Spacecraft

December 21-27 1968

APOLLO 8

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

Duration

6D 03H 00M 42S

Apollo 9 astronaut opening a spacecraft door

March 3-13 1969

APOLLO 9

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

Duration

10D 01H 00M 54S

Apollo 10 moon landscape with a view of earth

May 18-26 1969

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.

Duration

8D 00H 23M 23S

Apollo 11 landing pod on the moon

July 16-24 1969

APOLLO 11

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

Duration

8D 03H 18M 35S

Apollo 12 landing pod, communication satellite dish and astronaut

November 14-24 1969

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.

Duration

10D 04H 36M 25S

Apollo 13 earth

April 11-17 1970

APOLLO 13

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

Duration

5D 22H 54M 41S

Apollo 14 Moon landing pod standing on moon’s surface

January 31-February 9 1971

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.

Duration

9D 00H 02M 00S

Apollo 15 lunar vehicle

July 26 - August 7 1971

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).

Duration

12D 17H 12M 00S

Apollo 16 moon landing pod, american flag and astronaut

April 16-27 1972

APOLLO 16

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

Duration

11D 01H 51M 00S

Apollo 17 the surveying of the Taurus-Littrow region

December 7-19 1972

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.

Duration

12D 13H 52M 00S

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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 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.