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Nov 17, 2015

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Is A Legend

Tags: Anthony Marquié, Apollo 11, Apollo 13, Buzz Aldrin, Grégoire Rossier, Moonwatch, Omega, Speedmaster


In a way, the Speedmaster model by Omega belongs to the history of the humanity as it was the first watch worn on the moon. This life-changing event took place on July 21, 1969 when Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the earth’s satellite.

It is said that Omega’s management only discovered on that day that the Speedmaster had been made part of the astronauts’ equipment. Indeed, NASA selected the Speedmaster after a series of tests made on timepieces randomly purchased in a watch shop in Houston.

Since then, this model has enjoyed a special status that continues to set it apart even today. It originally belonged to a collection of three technical models designed as instruments for particular needs: the Railmaster with its antimagnetic double case, the Seamaster for use in water, and the Speedmaster to measure short periods of time and even the speed of vehicles thanks to its chronograph function and the tachymeter scale located on the bezel to save space on the dial.

The Speedmaster is an important product for Omega, who launches several new versions of it every year. While the design’s main codes remain unchanged, the brand regularly integrates new materials and technical features. In 2011, for instance, Omega introduced a new chronograph movement called 9300, whose production was simultaneously conceived in an industrial way. It contained, for instance a silicium hairspring, a system to protect the chronograph from inadvertent harm, a second time zone indicator, and a simplified way to change the hour hand without having to move the minute hand.

At Baselworld 2015, the brand extended a new line featuring the ceramic cases first introduced in 2013. It also launched a limited edition called the Snoopy Award Speedmaster. Since 1968, the little cartoon beagle has been the watchdog of NASA’s missions. In 1970, the agency offered Omega a Snoopy award to acknowledge the major role the watch had played until then.

Many details found on this timepiece have to do with famous missions and anecdotes. One of them is the 14-second scale on the dial, which refers in particular to the Apollo 13 mission during which a technical breakdown on board obliged the astronauts to manually reposition the module to enter the atmosphere. In order to succeed, they had to ignite the propellers for precisely 14 seconds; the onboard Speedmaster served as the timekeeper.

The Omega Speedmaster is becoming more and more attractive to lovers and collectors of vintage timepieces. As the secondary-market prices of other timepieces skyrocket – certain Rolex Daytona models, for instance – the Omega Speedmaster becomes more and more interesting. While their prices are going up as well, they are doing so in a much more reasonable way.

Recently, the second-hand watch gallery Vintage Watch Boutique and Sacha Davidoff SA based in Geneva organized an event exclusively dedicated to the Speedmaster, the Ultimate Speedmaster exhibition. Conceived as a tribute to this model, a large collection of rare Speedmasters were on display. Specialists Grégoire Rossier and Anthony Marquié, authors of the recent book Moonwatch Only, the Omega Speedmaster, were also on hand to talk to us about why this model has become a legend.

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  • Dan Tan

    Dan Tan

    I wear my Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+ out Running. I have Run for 2 hours out in the Rain and it has had no issues whatsoever. I rinse it after each Run and it has proven fine, with 'only' 50 metres of Water Resistance, so I cannot imagine that an Omega Speedmaster Professional would have issues being rinsed or taken into the Shower.

    Jun 16, 2017

  • joao carlos Mastroberti

    joao carlos Mastroberti

    Realmente, o Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch, é o cronógrafo mais famoso do mundo. Não é só pelo fato de ele ser o relógio padrão da Nasa, ele é realmente muito preciso e charmoso. É uma Lenda da industria relojoeira que eu tenho muito orgulho de ser o proprietário de um exemplar.

    Apr 28, 2017

  • gmshadowtraders

    gmshadowtraders

    1:16 - what ref is that Speedmaster Quartz? Amazing

    Jan 02, 2017

  • graz ryan

    graz ryan

    If I was there in that exhibit, I would react like this on the first display. hey look!!a speedmaster MOTM!! Then on the last watch display, I would be like, hmmm haven't I seen this before? Damn they all look a like to me now. 😭

    Nov 11, 2016

  • Paul Duncan

    Paul Duncan

    And when 2109 arrives Omega will bring out another watch to show how out of date some of there watches are . Me ? i wear the latest rolex perpetual , 10 year servicing , 5 year warranty and +/- 2secs a day .

    Oct 06, 2016

  • Refractor Phill

    Refractor Phill

    http://moonwatchuniverse.tumblr.com/archive That's a great example of the many "Speedy" blogs online: 1957-2017 = 60 years Speedmaster !

    Sep 22, 2016

  • Archiballz Chesterfuck the Turd

    Archiballz Chesterfuck the Turd

    Fucking experts? Are you joking me?! One of them said that today you can buy the exact same watch as the one worn by the astronauts. What a load of bullshit! The watch may look similar, but the internals are different. The brilliant column wheel chronograph movement of the 321 caliber is gone and replaced by an easily mass produced 861 and 1861. IT IS NOT THE SAME WATCH!

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Kilo M

    Kilo M

    Love the comparison between the Porsche and evolution vs. revolution, but I'm bias :). I was debating between the Rolex Daytona (due to its residual values), however the speedy grabs at the emotional strings. End of the day, this is the watch i'd pick out of the two for every day wear (specifically the gray side of the moon, meteorite)

    Aug 21, 2016

  • Refractor Phill

    Refractor Phill

    1816 - 2016 = 200 years chronographs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToXEEiPK__Q 1962: first Omega speedmaster in space during Mercury Sigma 7 mission with Wally Schirra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv70XzrALAA

    Jun 17, 2016

  • wachm3

    wachm3

    Beautiful watch even thought we haven't been to the moon.

    Apr 18, 2016

  • CYBOPOD

    CYBOPOD

    I have a a Mark McGuire Timex.. any offers..

    Mar 13, 2016

  • alphazar

    alphazar

    I feel lucky I bought my 145.022-69 6 months ago for $2400. Now they sell for $4500-5000 I cannot afford to buy one now.

    Feb 12, 2016

  • Thomas Weenk

    Thomas Weenk

    What do I have to learn and read about the speedmaster? Does someone have any sources for more information? Thanks

    Jan 23, 2016

  • John James McCartney

    John James McCartney

    i have two of them in my collection. they are very nice watches.wished they had a date function then they would be a favourite.

    Dec 16, 2015

  • Scott S

    Scott S

    Speedmasters rule.

    Nov 17, 2015

  • Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    MOTFM

    Nov 17, 2015

  • SR

    SR

    Pretty stunning that you can have a watch certified by NASA retailing for nearly 4000 euros that in the real world you cannot wear in the shower nor go swimming with.

    Nov 17, 2015

  • Germano Dos Santos

    Germano Dos Santos

    A quand la version en français ?

    Nov 17, 2015

  • youtubister

    youtubister

    I almost bought one way back when they had just come out and were affordable (for me) :( Informative video, this.

    Nov 17, 2015


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