OMEGA AND THE WORLD OF SPACE EXPLORATION

The OMEGA Speedmaster has been the choice of astronauts and space agencies for more than half a century. In fact, it has been associated with some of the humankind’s greatest extra-terrestrial adventures and has been one of the most famous chronographs in the world ever since it became the first watch worn on the Moon in July of 1969.

 

 

 

 

THE STORY OF THE MOONWATCH

The Speedmaster was launched in 1957, but its official space legacy started in 1965 when NASA qualified it for use on its piloted missions. Since then, it has been worn on all six lunar landings and earned the nickname “the Moonwatch”.

 

TESTING THE SPEEDMASTER

The tests that NASA performed on the chronographs that were submitted to the agency in 1964 were designed to destroy the watches. In the end, only one watch survived: the Speedmaster.

 

THEN AND NOW

In 1998, the MIR space station was used as an orbiting test laboratory for the Speedmaster X-33, which was presented to the world via a live satellite link-up. 2014 saw the launch of the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33. And the classic “Moonwatch” remains a constant companion to astronauts more than 50 years after it was first worn in space.

 

THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY

In 2017, OMEGA is proudly celebrating 60 years of the Speedmaster. First known for its precision, strength and reliability, it’s incredible to think that this sports chronograph has now evolved to become an icon of space exploration and style.

 

THE MOONWATCH FOR A NEW GENERATION

Rhapsodized and romanticized, the moon, whose surface has been explored by only twelve human beings, continues to be magical and alluring. It was the adventures of the Apollo astronauts that inspired several versions of the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, as well as the recent Speedmaster Moonphase Master Chronometer.

 

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