Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Watches
Fall under the spell of the iconic OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, arguably the most famous chronograph on Earth and beyond. Chosen by NASA in 1965 for all of its manned space missions, it has been part of the greatest space expeditions, including becoming the first watch worn on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
Available in our store, this watch collection consists of models in classic stainless steel or 18K gold. They come on a metal, leather or nylon strap. Their black or silver dial is adorned with a small seconds counter, a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour counter, as well as a central chronograph hand. These models are driven by a movement that is the heir to the OMEGA caliber 321, which has been to the Moon. On many models, this is the manually wound OMEGA caliber 3861, the latest Master Chronometer certified version.
All that's left is to choose between a Moonwatch with classic hesalite glass or sapphire glass, with a back stamped with the OMEGA seahorse medallion or with a sapphire glass back to admire the movement that drives it!
The Speedmaster and space exploration
For over fifty years, the Omega Speedmaster has been the preferred choice of astronauts and space agencies. Associated with some of humanity's most extraordinary extra-terrestrial adventures, it has been among the most famous watches on the planet since July 1969 when it became the first watch to be worn on the moon.
But why is the Speedmaster a space exploration legend? No one could have foreseen the incredible destiny that awaited the Speedy!
Indeed, the history of the Speedmaster took a radical turn in 1964, when NASA wanted a wrist chronograph capable of withstanding space conditions. NASA purchased several chronographs, including the Omega Speedmaster. The watches were then put through a series of rigorous tests to determine whether or not they were suitable for spaceflight. Although there was a lot of competition, only the Speedmaster passed all of the space agency's draconian tests: extreme temperatures, shocks, vibrations, accelerations, humidity... The watch was thus approved as the official timepiece for astronauts on NASA's space expeditions. It was officially approved in 1965 by NASA for all its manned missions. Since then, its role during the six lunar landings has earned it the nickname "Moonwatch".
But the legacy of the OMEGA Speedmaster lives on, especially since July 21, 1969, when it became the first watch ever worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin! To commemorate this extraordinary feat, the Speedmaster is engraved on the bottom of its case: "The first watch worn on the Moon". But it is important to know that the Speedmaster has participated in many space adventures before setting foot on the Moon. The first flight of the CK2998 Speedmaster model was on the wrist of Walter Schirra in 1962 as part of the Mercury Atlas 8 mission. The Speedmaster also accompanied the first spacewalk in history on the Gemini 4 mission and was awarded the Silver Snoopy Award for being of crucial importance to the Apollo 13 mission.