Omega Speedmaster Moonwatches
Witness over 50 years of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatches in space! Beginning on May 25th, 1961 under President John F. Kennedy, the Apollo Program was founded with the intent of placing the first humans on the Moon. “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.” – John F. Kennedy
“We choose to go to the Moon…..” – John F. Kennedy
On March 1st, 1965, Omega’s Speedmaster Chronograph was “flight-qualified by Nasa for all manned space missions”.
A testimony to Omega’s brand, heritage, and pioneering spirit, the Speedmaster Moonwatch is the world’s most iconic chronograph. It is the only wristwatch that has withstood all of the U.S. space agency’s severe tests under conditions of zero gravity, magnetic fields, extreme shocks, vibrations and extreme temperatures ranging from -18 to +93 degrees Celsius.
The historic moment in Omega’s history was on July 21, 1969 when it recorded the time of man’s first steps on Moon’s enigmatic surface. Apollo 11 mission was not only a milestone that belonged to NASA, but also to the Speedmaster collection. The collection became the first and only watch since to be worn on the moon.
During April 1970, the Speedmaster was on board during the rescue of the Apollo 13 mission from disaster. This daring moment earned Omega the “Snoopy Award” which is the highest distinction awarded by astronauts of NASA.
The Speedmaster continued on its space exploration by partaking in the Apollo Soyuz space mission. Both Tom Stafford and Alexei Leonov wore the iconic timepiece, which set the standard for all Russian manned space missions there after. In 1978, NASA decided to make it the official chronograph for the (at the time) new Space Shuttle program after it valiantly passed a long series of harsh tests.
It continued its battles on board the Russian space station MIR July 1993 – July 1994 when it combated more gruelling tests. Its success on the mission was designated by the certification from the MIR crew.
The MIR space station called upon it’s services again when it was used during an orbiting test laboratory in 1998. Omega’s X-33 chronograph was shown to the world through a live satellite link up to the Houston Space Center.
Relieve the glorious moments of the space exploration, and become a part of history with select Omega Speedmaster timepieces from Diamond Dream Fine Jewelers.