The First watch to walk the moon
When the Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957, no one could have anticipated the grand fate that awaited the Speedy.
During the early 1960s, NASA began to search for a suitable watch fit for astronauts that could be worn during space missions. NASA then procured several chronographs, including the Omega Speedmaster among timepieces from other brands. The timepieces then underwent a series of rigorous tests to determine whether or not they would be fit for NASA spaceflights. There was ample competition but in the end, it was only the Speedmaster that could pass the stringent testing of the space agency. The watch was then approved as the exclusive timepiece for astronauts onboard NASA spaceflights.
The Speedmaster (Ref. 105003) accompanied astronaut Ed White in 1965 during the first US spacewalk to ever take place in history. Following the exploration of the universe, the Speedmaster’s name was fastened with the word “Professional”.
The Speedmaster (Ref. 105 012) took a big leap forward with mankind in 1969 when Buzz Aldrin wore the exceptional timepiece on the surface of the moon. As a result, Buzz Aldrin’s Speedmaster was the first watch to ever be worn on the moon. Since then, in order to commemorate the extraordinary achievement, the Speedmaster incorporates an engraving on the bottom of the case that states: "The First Watch Worn on the Moon".
The Speedmaster has gone down in history as the "Moonwatch" and continues to fascinate watch lovers worldwide with its celebrated and memorable history.