Watches have always been a popular choice among people with an exquisite and refined sense of style. A good watch can boost one’s personality by a great margin in a way that makes it look like the star of the show. Who doesn’t like a good watch that exceeds in its styling, technicality, and impressive mechanics? Behold, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is a remarkable timepiece that transcends barriers of time and space in the literal sense. Not only exhibiting excellence in design, but this notable chronograph is the watch that has become immensely popular as ‘The first watch on the Moon.’
Story Behind the Fame
Omega SA is not the only brand that showcases remarkable timepieces’ collections. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has been a part of all six lunar missions. It is the watch that has come from outer space emerging as the most iconic masterpieces in their Omega Speedmaster collection.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has witnessed the first man landing on the Moon. Ever since then it has been a major part of all lunar missions since that time. The Speedmaster is an upholder of strength, endurance, and outstanding framework. This watch has an obvious reason to be a favorite among many others. The Speedmaster remains to be a favorite timepiece approved by NASA for spaceflight. It is still the only one qualified for EVA. Its unparalleled fame and popularity started by being a part of NASA’s space missions to survive unpredictable conditions in space.
Following a series of qualification tests, Wally Schirra wore a CK 2998 on the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission from where the walk of fame began for the Speedmaster. This chronograph manifested its top-quality and robustness. It survived all testing for high and low temperatures, humidity, oxygen, low and high pressures. As well as vibrations, shock, and acoustic noise, thus emerging as a favorite of NASA. Later, NASA equipped its astronauts with the Speedmaster watches in the Gemini 3 mission.
However, it was the famous mission of Apollo 11 was the actual historical moment. That is when the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch witnessed its first trip to the Moon. It was then that the watch gained great admiration and fame as ‘The First Watch Worn on the Moon.’
Testing of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
Omega has proven to be the most skilled timepiece manufacturers. They leave all other watch companies far behind in the race of bearing extreme conditions according to NASA testing.
The Speedmaster collection is proven to withstand all extremities of temperature ranging from 160-200°F till 0°F. It also bears temperature cycling in a vacuum. Humidity and oxygen availability can be unknown in different regions of outer space too. This is why the Omega Speedmaster has been tested for resistivity to relative humidity of 95% and 100% oxygen saturation at 0.35atm.
NASA makes sure not to leave any stone unturned in watch testing. The timepiece survives shock from different directions. From liner acceleration from 1 to 7.25 g, and vibrations from 5 to 2000 Hz. Pressure fluctuations were also looked at closely from extremely low pressures. As 10−6 atm to pressures as high as 1.6 atm for different length of time spans, all of which were unaffected on the watch.
Features of Speedmaster
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch promises such elegance and grandeur in its designing that brings out the best customizations in the timepiece. The Speedmaster collection features the back casing of every watch emblazoned with the name of the space mission that the watch is renowned for. This special recognition makes the Omega watches acknowledged world-wide.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch is chic in appearance featuring an appealing combination of jet black and silvery steel color. The dial has polished silver hands and hour markers that maximize its appearance. It comes with a second’s sub-dial, 30 minutes recorder, and a 12-hour recorder as well. The black bezel houses a matching bracelet also built of stainless steel. Moreover, it has a mechanical winding movement and a 5-year warranty.
This timepiece comes with a special box containing a NATO strap. Which is a special strap for astronauts to wear on their space missions. It’s a tool for altering the watch’s bracelet according to one’s preference and a book showcasing the adventures of the Speedmaster’s space odyssey.
A major plus point that makes the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch exceptional is that it has the back casing engraved: The First Watch Worn on the Moon. This watch has become be a top preference for every space lover who dreams of visiting the Moon. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has made it possible to carry the presence of outer space in your very hands.