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OMEGA & NASA

The Original "Moonwatch"


On July 20 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the Moon. Inside, it carried four important crew members: Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin and, last but not least, the Omega Speedmaster mechanical chronograph. 5 years previous, NASA acquired five to six examples of each brand's watches (Rolex, OMEGA and Longines), and put them through a barrage of tests which measured impact, vibration, heat, and other key stresses they would no doubt endure on their adventure into space. Accordingly, the competition was actually over after the first test. During the thermal vacuum test (where the watches were subjected to a pendulum swing of high and low temperatures when in a vacuum), both the Longines and the Rolex failed leaving the Speedmaster passing the "all or nothing" test. Frustratingly, Buzz Aldrin’s Speedmaster ST 105.012, which was the actual watch worn on the Moon (and thus the original and only true “Moonwatch”), was later stolen under mysterious circumstances under transit to the Smithsonian Museum in the early 1970s, and remains one of the greatest lost timepieces in history.

Buzz Aldrin wearing his Omega inside Apollo 11

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing


Marking the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Omega released a new incarnation of the Speedmaster commemorating Apollo 11's success. Limited to 6,969 pieces worldwide, this stunning timepiece also has a unique hour marker positioned at 11 o'clock and a distinctive 9 o'clock subdial in 18ct Moonshine Gold with a laser-engraved image of Buzz Aldrin climbing down onto the lunar surface. The NAIAD LOCK caseback reveals numerous engravings, while a laser-engraved image of Buzz Aldrin’s footprint is positioned on a medallion under the sapphire crystal with Neil Armstrong's timeless quote engraved around.

 

Available Now


One of our favourite timepieces is now available here at MVS Watches. We are "over the moon" to present the OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary with the complete box set featuring the lunar module stand, NASA patch and more. You can check out this limited edition piece below:



Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 Limited Edition on the lunar module from the box set

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