The Omega Speedmaster

Each and every one of us is familiar with Omega watch brand, which has always delivered some important timepieces throughout its legacy, but nothing like the ‘speedy’. The Speedmaster may be the most well-known and accepted wristwatch on the entire planet and its reputation precedes it.

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21. Mar 2019
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The Omega Speedmaster

Each and every one of us is familiar with Omega watch brand, which has always delivered some important timepieces throughout its legacy, but nothing like the ‘speedy’. The Speedmaster may be the most well-known and accepted wristwatch on the entire planet and its reputation precedes it. It all began in 1957 when a series of new wristwatches were released by the swiss company, including of course the Speedmaster, together with the Seamaster and the Railmaster, with the last two intended for diving and scientists & engineers. Originally made and intended as a sports and racing precision chronograph, the speedy was launched as the official timekeeper at the Olympic games, and it was initially known for its ‘broad arrows’, but later on changed its design, moving to a more sword-like form. This marvellous timepiece became famous for a very different reason from racing though; since it is known to this day as “the moonwatch”. Going back to 1962, when Nasa started to demonstrate some interest in an official wristwatch for its space explorers, there were other big brands in line like Rolex, Longines, Breitling, which all went through heavy tests in order to be certified as ‘acceptable for space missions’. Funny how Omega headquarters in Switzerland hadn’t even been told that the Speedmaster was the only one that passed the tests, and the first time they realised it was when they saw it strapped onto astronaut Ed White’s wrist later that year.

 

Astronaut Ed White wearing his Omega

The speedy became quickly very popular around the world especially after it debuted on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist during their space mission. Neil Armstrong had to leave his on the ship due to a malfunctioning timer in the aircraft, the watch is what saved the three astronauts, successfully timing exactly 14 seconds in order to make it able for them to return safely on earth due to an engine failure. This was the peak of success for the Speedmaster, as Omega received the Snoopy award by NASA, the highest honor they can give. Demand for the watch skyrocketed at the point that the Swiss company had to find a way to increase production while reducing costs. A Snoopy awarded Speedmaster “eyes on the stars” model was produced after the Apollo 13 mission in limited quantities to celebrate this achievement; it is today one of the most sought after pieces by watch collectors. To this day, the Omega Speedmaster is used on all space missions and by all Nasa astronauts and has marked the standards for its name and reliability. Since 1969 no other wristwatch has ever taken its place and it certainly isn’t happening any soon…

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