More than half a century ago, an astronaut Wally Schirra had bought an Omega’s watch in the jewelry store in Houston and wore it few years later, during his space mission. In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Speedmaster that orbited the earth, OMEGA has launched a Numbered Series of a Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” watch.
Did you hear the story about the rigorous tests that Omega Speedmasters had needed to pass, before they became inevitable parts of all NASA’s manned missions, from March 1965? Off course, you did if you are the fan of this renowned Swiss watchmaker. Speedmaster Professional timepieces had their roles in all six lunar landings and the one that was on the Buzz Aldrin’s wrist, during his epic walk on the surface of the Moon, in 1969, earned the status of the brand’s legend.
However, not so many people know that before NASA approved the exceptional quality of the Omega’s iconic watch collection, an astronaut Wally Schirra had tested his private Speedmaster by wearing it during his Mercury Atlas 8 mission, in October of 1962. A new Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” commemorates this historic chronograph.
The watch is powered by the legendary Calibre 1861 hand-winding chronograph movement which became famous inside the Buzz Aldrin’s Moonwatch. This exceptional mechanism, highly resistant to corrosion, oscillates at the frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and provides 48 hours of power reserve. Another feature associated with the classic Speedmaster is a black aluminium bezel ring with the tachymeter scale. The 39.70 mm case of a Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” watch is crafted in stainless steel that nicely combines polished and brushed surfaces. It comes with a brown leather strap with beige stitching, which gives a certain dose of elegance to this exquisite sport looking chronograph.
A classic looking, varnished black dial, with white transferred indexes, hour markers and hour and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova, features three sub-dials: the 30 minutes counter is at the 3 o’clock, while the 12 hours chrono counter takes the 6 o’clock position. Finally, the small seconds sub-dial is at the 9 o’clock position. The dial is protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
The screw-in stainless steel case-back is embossed with the brand’s original seahorse emblem which is surrounded with words “THE FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE” and “OCTOBER 3, 1962”. Since this is a numbered edition, the number of the watch is also engraved on the case-back.