What Do You Know About Omega Moonwatch?
Posted: Jun 10, 2019
Omega has always been at the top of its game, be it diving or space travel. The Swiss watchmaker is famous for multiple achievements in the field of horology and had it not been the infamous Quartz crisis, Omega would definitely be the biggest name in the global luxury watch market. Nonetheless, the position it holds today is without a doubt enviable as well as commendable. Among this plethora of feats, one particular achievement is the coveted Moonwatch.
The Moonwatch is essentially the Omega Speedmaster Professional that was selected by NASA for the Apollo 11 mission. The rest, as they say, is history. The highlight here is obviously, one of mankind’s biggest achievements, that is, to put a man on the moon. However, for Omega watches for men, the occasion meant double celebration as it was their watch that achieved the feat of the first watch to be worn on the lunar surface. It was mission pilot Buzz Aldrin who did the honours, although the watch belonged to Neil Armstrong. When you put things into perspective, everything just seems to have aligned together to make this happen.
Coming back to the technicalities of the Omega Moonwatch, what exactly was it all about?
NASA And Omega
The Speedmaster was released to the public in 1957 and it has since been an icon in the world of watchmaking. The year was 1962 and Walter Schirra took his own Omega watch for the Mercury planetary orbital program. This started off Omega’s journey in space. You see, before this, there were no provisionary kits for astronauts that had watches, in particular. Soon, after a petition by astronauts, NASA started looking for the perfect timepiece for space travel.
The Trials Of Destruction
When NASA decided to select a suitable watch for their manned space missions, nobody would have thought of the number of tests that the agency would conduct. As per records, the tests were literally done to evaluate the watches to the point of destruction. All the watches in the test were exposed to extreme temperatures like over 90 degrees Celsius and -18 degrees Celsius. The watches were also put to the test under pressures as high as 40Gs, were put in highly corrosive surroundings, and in tests that checked their resistance to high-frequency noises.
In the end, the Omega Moonwatch was victorious as it cleared all the evaluations with flying colours. The watch was finally given the title of ‘flight certified’ by NASA for all manned space missions. The Gemini 3 was the first space mission that took the Omega Speedmaster to space after its officiation. Astronauts John Young and Virgil Grissom were the ones to do so. Once again, on June 3, 1965, Edward White wore the Omega Speedmaster on the first spacewalk conducted by the USA.
Deepika is the blogger from 7 years in a lifestyle or fashion field. She always stays up-to-date with whatever is coming in the market with respect to fashion and lifestyle. She is an avid watch connoisseur and collector of Luxury brands.