The Omega Speedmaster: A legend turned 60 years old
At the end of the fifties, in the horological world was missing a wristwatch that can fulfil several requirements. NASA was looking for Omega replica watches UK to go to space, and eventually land on the moon. The watch should be a robust and water-proof chronograph with good legibility and great precision. Omega’s answer was the Speedmaster. The wristwatch was part of the Seamaster Collection. The reference 2915, the “Broad Arrow”, was the first to have a tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial. The Speedmaster was the first watch with the now standard layout of the three counters.
But the most known achievement of the Omega with the Speedmaster was to come later. After a series of tests that ruled out other watches, the Speedmaster became the choice of NASA for use in space missions. The apogee was attained in 1969 – the first watch to be worn on the moon on the wrist of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Although Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong was first to set foot on the Moon, he left his 105.012 Speedmaster inside the Lunar Module as a backup, because the LM’s electronic timer had malfunctioned. Buzz Aldrin decided to wear his and so his Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the Moon. Later, he wrote of his decision: “It was optional to wear while we were walking on the surface of the Moon … few things are less necessary when walking around on the Moon than knowing what time it is in Houston, Texas. Nonetheless, being a watch guy, I decided to strap the Speedmaster onto my right wrist around the outside of my bulky spacesuit.”
The Singapore leg of this exhibition was held at the end of June, and we covered the event here.
The 2017 Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Limited Edition, announced at Baselworld, is part of Omega “Masters” Trilogy celebrating the anniversaries of the other two legendary “Masters” launched in 1957 – the Seamaster and the Railmaster.