The new Omega watch has an exciting piece of history behind its creation. After NASA tested the Omega Speedmaster Professional watch and officially qualified it for all manned space missions, Omega, inspired by the watch's success, concentrated on designing a new watch specifically for NASA expedition to the dark side of the moon that was meant to take place in the early 1970s.
Omega's team working on the watch's development was called Alaska Project team (the name 'Alaska' was suggested by the extreme temperatures in the state). Their task was to develop a timepiece to provide perfect timekeeping in the extreme temperatures of space. The team came up with an original decision - they developed an outer casing to be mounted on the watch's bezel.
No expedition to the dark side of the moon actually took place, so the Speedmaster 'Alaska Project' remained a prototype and fell into oblivion for about 37 years. Then, in April 2007, one of the prototypes of the timepiece was offered at Omegamania, a thematic auction of Omega collectors' watches. The bid was acquired for an amazing price - 64,900 Swiss Francs.
At BaselWorld 2008, the Speedmaster 'Alaska Project' watch was given the second birth.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'Alaska Project' accommodates the legendary Omega caliber 1861 that initially powered the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. The movement, producing 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour, gives an advantage of a 45-hour power reserve, quite a rare feature of a manual-winding chronograph.
The stainless steel case of the Omega watch measures 42mm in diameter. The bezel of the watch features a tachymeter scale.
The sporty dial of the Speedmaster 'Alaska Project', characterized by a white-black-red color scheme, shows off three counters:
- small seconds counter at 9 o'clock,
- a 30-minute for the chronograph at 3 o'clock,
- a 12-hour counter for the chronograph at 3 o'clock.
The 12-hour and 30-minute indicators have large black triangular counterweights, reminding Apollo space capsules.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Alaska Project watch goes with a red-anodized aluminum outer case, worth special attention. The stunning red color of the outer case was achieved after the anodic oxidation treatment to provide it with the most reliable protection from temperature shock.
When the watch is fitted with the outer case, the wearer can still use the chronograph functions due to the original mushroom-like pushers.
The timepiece may be secured to the wrist with a black and white Velcro strap fitted with a brushed red-anodized aluminum buckle or a stainless steel bracelet.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 'Alaska Project', created in the best traditions of the prestigious brand, is one of the most durable and stylish timepieces one may discover on the watch market today.
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