Omega’s history with Space and NASA goes years back. From 1965 until today there is a big collaboration and all astronauts wear Speedmaster Omegas as they are officially certified by NASA. Buzz Aldrin was the first man to step on the moon wearing an Omega Speedmaster. Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon but he had to leave his watch back on the module since other timing instruments were not working and it was needed there.
Omega was presented with the prestigious Snoopy Award from NASA due to the rescue of Apollo 13 astronauts in 1970. They needed a timing device to return back to earth and since nothing else was working on the ship they used their Omega Speedmaster for accurate timing, therefore, managing to return back to earth safely. This special watch celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13 mission.
To celebrate this special occasion, Omega has created a Speedmaster watch with a Silver dial (commemorating 50 years). It is laser engraved with AG925 (Silver) on the dial. It has also three more sub dials, two of which are blue and one on the left with the Snoopy medallion emblem.
The case back is a NAIAD lock (Omega patent) however it is very interesting since it has an operating animation which is seen for the first time on a watch. Once you start the chronograph function after few seconds you notice snoopy flying with a rocket over the rotating earth within 14 seconds.
Omega always pays attention to detail and therefore by using your magnifying glass you can see all the details at the front and the back of the movement. The timepiece has a nylon fabric leather strap which matches the blue Ceramic bezel and dial therefore making a unique match. On the back of the strap Omega has engraved the moon and earth showing the travel route the spaceship had to take in order to return back to earth.
The watch has also a Master Chronometer certification from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) therefore passes through vigorous tests and is fully antimagnetic to be verified as METAS.
The watch will not be a limited edition in production this time, as it was five years ago. The timepiece carry’s inside the new co-axial movement has also OMEGA’s full 5-year warranty. Customers will receive the watch in a presentation box regarding Apollo 13; therefore inside will include a cleaning cloth, a brochure, and a magnifying glass to help everyone get a close inspection of all the details of this one of a kind watch.