On April 27, 2018, a special exhibition of ‘Wonderland’ with the theme of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Program will be held in Beijing’s Yidi Winter Garden. As important equipment for astronauts to explore space, the history of Omega and NASA’s space legend has always been enjoyed by people. At this exhibition, Omega will also display several Speedmaster watches and precious historical documents to recall the glorious legendary story with visitors.
The space legend of the Omega Speedmaster
Born in 1957, the Omega Speedmaster was originally born for motorsports. With its solid structure, accurate timekeeping and easy-to-read speed measurement function, it has caused a sensation in professional racers once it came out. Omega Speedmaster’s outstanding performance in terms of design, durability and watch functions has laid a solid foundation for its subsequent space exploration journey.
In 1962, American astronaut Walter ‘Wally’ Schirra entered the space while wearing the Omega CK 2998 Speedmaster while performing the Mercury Project
In 1962, American astronaut Walter ‘Wally’ Schirra wore a privately purchased CK 2998 Speedmaster into space, making it the first Omega watch to enter space. At that time, he wore the CK 2998 Speedmaster watch and performed the ‘Sigma 7’ mission of the Mercury program, and the space journey of the Omega Speedmaster watch was opened.
In 1964, NASA began searching for watches for manned space programs. They selected several timepieces from different brands and performed the tests that all hardware entering the space environment needs to undergo. Only the Omega Speedmaster has successfully passed a series of rigorous tests in a vacuum environment including extreme temperature, vibration, and strong impact. On March 1, 1965, NASA announced that the Omega Speedmaster was the ‘only watch approved to participate in all manned space flight missions’ and became a loyal partner to accompany astronauts into space.
July 21, 1969, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon wearing an Omega Speedmaster
On July 21, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the surface of the moon, the Omega 4th Speedmaster watch became Omega’s first ‘lunar watch’ , Speedmaster watches also left an indelible footprint in history. The courage to explore the unknown courage, inexhaustible innovative technology and excellent professional technology make mankind successfully land on the moon, and the superb watch on the astronaut’s wrist is the testimony and interpretation of this pioneering spirit.
NASA presents Omega the highest honor ‘Snoop Snoopy Award’
During the journey of Omega’s astronauts to explore space, the Apollo 13 mission was undoubtedly a thrilling experience. In April 1970, Apollo 13, which was on a space mission, was paralyzed by an accidental explosion in the cabin. At the critical moment, astronauts accurately calculated the ignition time of the engine with the Omega Speedmaster, and finally returned to Earth safely. . In recognition of Omega’s contribution to the entire Apollo program, NASA presented the Omega with a ‘Snoop Snoopy Award’.
The Omega Speedmaster has accompanied astronauts in all six human moon landing feats. Today, the Omega Speedmaster is still used in all manned space programs and has become one of the permanent equipment of the International Space Station.
Classic Speedmaster debuts in ‘Wonderland’ universe special exhibition
As one of the important space equipment, Omega will display several precious watches at this ‘Wonderland’ universe special exhibition to show visitors the pioneering spirit of the brand’s continuous exploration.
Second generation Omega Speedmaster CK2998
In 1959, Omega launched a modified Speedmaster series-CK 2998. It retains the symmetrical case and movement 321, but replaces the hands used in the previous work with new ‘beveled’ hands. In addition, the black aluminum speedometer bezel used by the CK 2998 has also become the standard design of Speedmaster watches and is still in use today. In 1962, Mercury astronaut Walter Schiera purchased the CK 2998 watch privately. Subsequently, he wore this Speedmaster watch on the Sigma 7 to perform the Mercury mission, making CK2998 the first An Omega Speedmaster in space.
4th Generation Omega Speedmaster Professional Watch / First ‘Moon Watch’
In 1969, Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore a fourth-generation Omega Speedmaster professional watch to the moon. Since then, this watch has become the first on the moon. The Omega watch worn has won the reputation of ‘Moon watch’. By design, this watch is the first Omega Speedmaster with an asymmetric case to provide extra protection for the crown and buttons. The dial is also engraved with ‘Professional’.
Omega Speedmaster Series Professional ‘Moon Watch’
Omega Speedmaster professional chronographs have a unique position in the history of space exploration. From the ‘Gemini’ program to today’s International Space Station program, the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph is always the only NASA-certified equipment that can participate in all manned space flight missions. The Omega Speedmaster professional ‘Moon Watch’ exhibited in this exhibition is equipped with the same 1861 movement that had run on the first moon watch, in tribute to Omega’s extraordinary moon landing legend.
Inheriting classics, excellence and innovation
Omega always insists on creating precise, modern and stylish Super Speedmaster timepieces. It combines the inner essence of Super Speedmaster’s early models with innovative watchmaking technology, and perfectly interprets the pioneering spirit of continuous exploration in the brand’s DNA.
Omega Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Watch Black
The world is deeply fascinated by the moon, exploring its mysteries, and giving it endless praise and legend. The space exploration and outstanding achievements of the Apollo 8 astronauts inspired the creation of the Speedmaster series ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ pure black ceramic watch. The watch case is made of a single piece of ceramic. Among them, the black and dark hands and scales of the Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ watch are blackened and coated with black Super-LumiNova. This is where the name ‘ink black’ comes from. Creative and chic design makes this watch a favorite of many watch lovers.
Omega Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Apollo 8
In 2018, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful moon voyage of mankind by the Apollo 8 mission, Omega specially launched the Speedmaster series ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Apollo 8 watch. This watch uses a delicate hollow dial, the color of the movement splint is changed to dark black through special treatment, and the movement splint is precisely modified by laser ablation to present the lunar surface feel. The watch movement is based on the 1861 movement running on the first lunar watch as a prototype. After special treatment and modification, it was named 1869 movement to pay tribute to the first moon landing.
Omega Speedmaster ‘CK2998’ Limited Edition Watch
In 2018, inspired by the Omega Speedmaster CK2998 watch introduced in 1959, Omega launched a new Speedmaster series ‘CK2998’ limited edition watch. This timepiece uses the classic pulse reading scale again, continuing the design essence of the prototype. The watch also inherits the Omega 1861 movement of the prototype model, which is famous for operating the first ‘lunar watch’.
Since 1848, Omega has been the pioneer of technological development in watchmaking, and space exploration has always been a brilliant chapter in the legend of the brand. This summer, Omega invites you to join this space trip to explore that legendary time together!