July 5, 1969, the fifth day after the launch of the Saturn 5 carrier rocket carrying the Apollo 11 spacecraft, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin, with less than one minute of remaining fuel Successfully landed the Eagle’s lunar module on the moon’s “Jinghai base.” All equipment is in good working condition during landing, including the trusted Omega Speedmaster.
This is of course expected. As early as 1964, the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) project office began looking for a professional watch that could be used for manned space missions. To this end, the director of the mission, Dick Slayton, has collected chronograph watches from a number of watchmaking brands that meet the needs of space exploration. Omega and several other brands offer their own watches for NASA’s most demanding tests, including temperature testing (from 93 degrees Celsius to minus 18 degrees Celsius), violent shocks, vibration, vacuum and other extremely demanding tests. Only the Omega Speedmaster watch “survived”. On March 1, 1965, NASA officially announced that the Omega Speedmaster watch became “the only designated watch approved to participate in all of its manned space missions.” In addition, long before the Apollo 11 mission, the Omega Speedmaster watch has been involved in NASA’s various manned space missions and plays a vital role, including Mercury plans and Gemini. Star plan and Apollo plan.
Some people may not understand how important the role of the watch in space flight. NASA engineer James Lagan, who is responsible for selecting and testing the moon watch, said: “At that time, everyone wore a watch. But the aerospace They want to wear a professional chronograph to make their own time. The watch is a very important backup timing device on the spacecraft, because if the astronauts lose contact with the ground command center or stop the electronic timer after leaving the lunar module Work, they can only know the time through the watch they wear. Therefore, the watch becomes an essential equipment for astronauts.”
It was in this great historical moment of the moon landing in 1969 that the famous chronograph on the earth, the Omega Speedmaster, became a watch that accompanied humans on the moon. NASA equipped the astronauts with the latest Supermaster watches at the time, including ST105.012 and ST145.012, which were the watches worn by the three Apollo 11 astronauts during the mission. However, this trip back does not mean bidding farewell to the Supermaster. In the subsequent mission to the moon, the Supermaster watches were not absent, including Apollo 12, Apollo 14, Apollo 15, Apollo 16, Apollo 17, and the famous “a successful failure.” “Apollo 13.” So far, only 12 people have set foot on the moon, and the Supermaster watch has witnessed every step they took.
In November 1969, four months after Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon, Omega launched a specially designed Supermaster watch to celebrate the success of the mission to the moon. This is the first numbered commemorative watch of the Omega Speedmaster series. It started production in 1969 and produced 1,014 pieces as of 1973. Omega presented the commemorative watches from No. 3 to No. 28 and No. 1001 to No. 1008 to NASA’s then-serving astronauts. This watch has always been hot in the Omega classic models.
This year, Omega re-enacted this all-gold super-master watch, limited edition of 1014 pieces, retaining many of the same historical elements in the design, but also added some innovative designs. In order to pay tribute to the Superbie watch BA145.022, the watch case, bracelet, dial and needle and minute hand are made of Moonshine 18K gold. Compared with the traditional yellow 18K gold, Moonshine 18K gold has more lasting color and luster. . The bezel retains the burgundy red of the 1969 commemorative watch and is made of zirconia ceramic, an innovative process of Omega. The speed scale on the bezel is made by OMEGA Ceragold technology, which follows the design of the speedometer bezel of the Omega Speedmaster in the 1960s. The watch features a full-gold “stepped” dial that is brushed vertically and marked with the “Au750” mark on the dial. The hour markers are made of delicately cut black onyx, and the hour and minute hands, the central chronograph seconds hand and the small dial hands are covered with black lacquer to make the watch even more eye-catching. The decorative inner ring is made of Moonshine 18K gold. After two laser ablation and two PVD color treatments, it finally presents a delicate earth and moon pattern.
In addition, Omega also released a limited edition of the ultra-master series “Apollo 11” 50th anniversary this year, limited edition of 6969 pieces. 42mm stainless steel case with Moonshine 18K gold bezel. The speed measuring ring is made of polished black zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic, and its speed measuring scale is made by OMEGACeragold technology. The grey dial forms a special contrast to the black minute circle. The central chronograph second hand is coated with Moonshine 18K gold PVD coating. The other hands, chamfered hour markers and vintage Omega brand logo are made of Moonshine 18K gold. At 11 o’clock on the dial, the “11” digital hour scale made of Moonshine 18K gold is attached to the Apollo 11 mission. What’s more, the Moonshine 18K gold dial at 9 o’clock shows the pattern of Buzz Aldrin’s coming to the moon with blackening and laser engraving. The center of the back of the watch presents a black lunar surface pattern and laser engraves the footprint pattern of the astronauts remaining on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong’s legendary classic: “THATS ONE SMALL STEPFOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND” (this is a small step for the individual, but a big step for humans), also carved on the back of the watch. It is plated with Moonshine 18K gold. The two Super Series “Apollo 11” 50th Anniversary Limited Edition models are equipped with a revolutionary upgraded version of the famous Moon Watch movement – Omega’s new 3861 to the Observatory movement.