In his May 25, 1961 speech, President John F. Kennedy set the bar for American aerospace exploration by stating, "We chose to go to the Moon in this decade and do other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." At that point one American had been in space for a total of 15 and a half minutes. President Kennedy's audacious claim was meet with skepticism but became a reality on July of 1969.
By: JC Rodriguez
It’s no secret we’re lovers of watches, especially those rich in history and mainstays in culture. But as far as legitimate bragging rights go, the Omega Speedmaster can even claim an outerspace victory lap as the choice for astronauts. Once Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface in July 1969 with his Speedmaster Professional, the chronograph became known as the Moonwatch.
The Speedmaster’s history dates back to 1957 when the watch was introduced as a racing chronograph. Omega was the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games. The watch is a beautifully symmetric design chronograph with a black dial and tachymeter scale, The indexes and central hour and minute hands are coated in Super-LumiNova which can glow for hours. A hesalite crystal protects the dial enhanced with a 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and small seconds sub-dial. The watch has a 42mm stainless steel case that pairs well with both a leather strap or matching bracelet. Over the years the watch has seen different iterations, including white dials, black dials with white chronos and more. There have also been variations in size from the 42mm to the 39.7mm. The watch is offered with a beautiful presentation box which includes two additional straps, a “Nato” strap and a strap for astronauts. A tool to change the bracelets along with a Speedmaster loupe, a metal plate and a book highlighting the adventures of the watch are also included.
The Omega Speedmaster is a watch that commands respect, even from the most discerning collector. It’s a worthy addition to any collection and a comfortable everyday watch. We took some time with the watch in the Omega Boutique at the Miami Design District, where the watch is available for $5,250 with the metal strap or $5,150 for the leather.