The First Watch on The Moon

Posted by // November 3rd, 2012 // Fashion No Comments »

Swiss watchmaker Omega was founded in 1848 and has grown to become one of the most respected timekeeping brands in the world. As the watch of choice for the Olympics and James Bond, Omega’s products represent highly desired luxury. But it is not just the reputation and standing of Omega which helps it stand out from the crowded market.

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Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is that the Omega Speedmaster was the first watch worn on the Moon. This came about because in the early 1960s, NASA were looking for a watch that could withstand the extreme conditions of space travel. Breitling, Rolex and Omega submitted applications and their products were tested in a series of experiments in areas such as temperature, shock, pressure and vibration. In March 1965 the Speedmaster was selected as it the watch that was least effected by the tests. The watch was first used during the Gemini programme which aimed to improve space travel techniques prior to the Apollo missions. It was at this point that the watch was worn during the first American spacewalk (Gemini 4).

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In July 1969 the Apollo 11 spaceflight achieved the goal of landing humans on the Moon when the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin exited the Lunar Module and stood on its surface. Although Armstrong left his watch on board, Aldrin decided to wear his Speedmaster Professional Chronograph and Omega entered the history books.

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