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New Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch - a Piece of Space History

Jul 27, 2007
The year 2007 has marked the 50-th anniversary of the famous Moonwatch - Omega Speedmaster.

To celebrate the anniversary of the first and the only watch worn on the Moon, the Omega company has launched the commemorative version of the Speedmaster - the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Moonwatch.

The timepiece is developed in a limited edition of 5,957 stainless steel pieces. The dial of the new Omega watch features a golden seahorse created in a special commemorative design. The timepiece so closely related to space history is aimed to join the collections of most avid watch enthusiasts.

The Omega Moonwatch features a black dial, chronograph counters and tachymeter, which were the distinctive features of the initial hand-winding Speedmaster released in 1957. The Omega watch is driven by the prominent Calibre 1861, 'bold' enough to accompany the timepiece into zero gravity.

The Omega Speedmaster allowed to measure speed with chronograph and tachymeter functions - it has proved to be a vital partner for astronauts, pilots, and explorers crossing new boundaries and moving towards ever-higher limits while exploring the universe.

Omega Speedmaster - 50th Anniversary Version
As a clear hint at the memorable event, the words '50th Anniversary' are featured at the golden seahorse positioned at 12 o'clock on the dial.

The perfect legibility whether the watch's owner finds oneself on land or in space is created with help of Superluminova coating that covers the hour and minute hands, baton indexes and centrally-positioned chronograph seconds hand.

The 'Broad Arrow' hands featured by the original Omega Speedmaster watch were later replaced with slimmer 'Dauphine' hands that leave more space on the dial. Thus the 'Dauphine' hands provide a clearer view of the three counters featuring 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-second totalizers that were of great importance during the Apollo 13 mission.

Reflecting its space legacy, the Omega watch has white hands the same as those of the Omega watch used on the Apollo 11 Moon mission. The counters and the black aluminum tachymeter scale on the bezel feature Arabic numerals to offer supreme clarity and legibility. The dial of the new Omega Moonwatch has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal provided with anti-reflective treatment. The Omega watch is equipped with the manual-winding movement - Omega Caliber 1861, the movement that powered the initial Omega Speedmaster that traveled to the moon.

The stainless steel case of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch sports the major characteristics of the Speedmaster family, including distinctive curved and facetted horns and oversized push-buttons for the chronograph activation. The stainless-steel case back reveals the seahorse medallion and the number of the Limited Series from 0000 to 5957.

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is secured to the wrist with a stainless steel bracelet equipped with a foldover clasp, the design of which was suggested by the first solid link bracelet developed by Omega in the 1960's. The Omega watch offers an advantage of the 45-hour power reserve and 50-meter water-resistance.

The Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is created to become a highly-demanded item among avid watch collectors.

Glance Back at Omega Speedmaster History
The Omega Speedmaster watch withstood the eleven strictest NASA tests and six Moon landings. The Omega watch has accompanied astronauts of every American manned space flight. At present time it is used on board Russian ISS International Space.

In 1965 the Omega Speedmaster Chronograph received an official NASA flight-qualification for all manned space missions. However, the first ever Omega Speedmaster to flight into space was the one worn on the wrist of astronaut Walter Schirra who flew on board the Sigma 7 in 1962.

The Omega watch-makers provided the Speedmaster with the ability to resist extreme temperatures and zero gravity. The Omega Speedmaster made the history when it landed on the moon worn on the wrists of Apollo 11 astronauts in July 1969. The prominent timepiece was given its legendary nickname - the Moonwatch.

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch gained even more fame when it played the crucial role during the dramatic Apollo 13 mission in 1970. The astronauts had to deal with a reserve oxygen tank explosion that caused the stop of all the timekeeping mechanisms found on board. Commander James Lovell used his reliable Speedmaster Chronograph to time, with a fraction of a second precision, the extremely important firing of the re-entry rockets to provide the safe return of his crew to Earth. the timepiece's merits were rewarded with the 'Snoopy' Award, the highest honor of NASA astronauts.

It was also the Omega Speedmaster watch that accompanied astronauts in 1975 during one more crucial moment in space history. During joint USSR-USA Apollo-Soyuz docking the astronauts shook hands in space at the height of the Cold War and it turned out that the crews of both countries had the Speedmaster Chronograph on their wrists.


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posted by: Stephan / Feb 04, 2009 04:11 PM
I've had the Omega Speedmaster watch for quite a long time (model 3570.50). This watch gives me a really stylish look, amazing functionality (chronograph, tachymeter, 50-meter water-resistance, 48-hour power reserve), supreme precision tested by years. Greatly executed design. My watch has a black dial completed with white hands. The brushed silver case is coupled with a brushed silver bracelet. From the technical point of view, this is a men's watch, but I know some women wearing it. Modern women like men’s watches, especially mechanical ones – a new trend I guess!
posted by: Dmitrii / Jul 17, 2008 10:59 AM
I've had my Omega Speedmaster Professional for over a year and I can't imagine myself wearing another watch - I'm sure I will be wearing it for many years to follow. It's stylish, elegant and of great functionality.
The Speedmaster has some irresistible appeal about it - I often get compliments on my watch. I highly appreciate its extreme accuracy. When I drop a look at my watch I feel admiration towards the brand that has been deeply exploring into the field of precision timekeeping and created the watch that resisted all the NASA tests and then was worn by Neil Armstrong on the Moon. My Speedmaster has a black dial, white hands, brushed silver bracelet and casing, I think it's one of the best classic pieces ever.

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