Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First on the Moon- The Omega Speedmaster

The classic Omega Speedmaster is a great watch that comes with a history that also makes it an awe-inspiring watch. Not only does the Omega Speedmaster have a long history of going into space with NASA astronauts, it has the distinction of being the watch that has gone to the moon and back. That is why the nickname that has been given to the Omega Speedmaster as the “Moon Watch” is well deserved.

Beginning in 1963, the Omega Speedmaster became the standard issue watch that went on space exploration missions. The Moon Watch had a role to play in all of the historic space exploration programs including Mercury, the Gemini missions, the Apollo program and the entire Space Shuttle program as well.

The Apollo 13 mission was so dramatic that it was turned into a big motion picture starring Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon. The Omega Speedmaster had a big part in those astronauts getting home safely by helping them execute a critical burn that put them on the right track to avoiding disaster. The Classic Omega Speedmaster Professional was there to go on the very first space walk with Edward White. It can be said without fear of contradiction that if there was a historic milestone in the history of space exploration in this country, the Omega Speedmaster was there.

Some of the missions, such as that spacewalk, put the Omega Speedmaster into some of the most extreme conditions of space exploration such as zero gravity and extreme cold. The fact that this amazing watch came through for our brave astronauts with flying colors speaks volumes about the craftsmanship and durability of this timepiece.

There was plenty of competition from other watches who would have liked to go on those well-publicized space missions, but each time, it was the Omega Speedmaster that won out. The one mission that added to the phenomenal mystique of the Omega Speedmaster was when it went to the moon with the Apollo 11 spacecraft.  Unfortunately, that history-making Omega Speedmaster was left inside the space capsule when Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon for the first time and said that famous “One step for man” quote. However, later on Buzz Aldrin wore his Omega Speedmaster when he took his moon walk.

The Omega Speedmaster performed extraordinarily well on the moon and under diverse circumstances throughout the life of the NASA space program. While there have been small incidents, such as when the face covering popped off during a moon walk, the Omega Speedmaster continued to be the watch of choice for NASA whenever they put astronauts in space. Its reliability is phenomenal and the hard-working astronauts who learned to depend on it would have no other watch.

The Moon Watch has enjoyed plenty of success here on Planet Earth as well. As is true of other kinds of technology that proved themselves in space, the Omega Speedmaster has become an eagerly sought-after watch for people who want a timepiece who can go toe to toe with any adventure or challenge life has in store. For anyone looking for a high-quality watch that also comes with some incredible stories of high adventure in space and on the moon, the Omega Speedmaster is the way to go.

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