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Old 10-02-2007, 12:31 AM   #1
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I'd like to introduce you to a personal friend of mine; the Omega 'Speedmaster Pro'.



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Used in Space:

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The Omega Speedmaster "Moon Watch" has a long, distinguished history in space. Since Walter Shirra's Mercury Atlas mission in 1962; through all of the manned Gemini and Apollo missions; Skylab 1, 2, and 3; to the modern Space Shuttle missions, the Omega Speedmaster has accompanied astronauts into the unforgiving extremes of space. Since the historic Apollo-Soyuz rendzevous in 1975 until as recently as 1994, Soviet and Russian cosmonauts have also used the Speedmaster Professional.

This extraordinary timepiece is the only 'official' watch ever worn on the Moon and the only watch flight certified for astronauts and cosmonauts during their walks in space.
Source: http://www.clubspeedmaster.com/space.htm



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History (1965-69)

On 1st March 1965, OMEGA's Speedmaster chronograph was "flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions" as the only wristwatch to have withstood all of the U.S. space agency's severe tests under conditions of zero gravity and magnetic fields, extreme shocks, vibrations and temperatures ranging from -18 to +93 degrees Celsius.

In the same month, the watch was for the first time worn officially on board the Gemini 3 mission.

In April 1970, the OMEGA Speedmaster rescued the Apollo 13 mission from a potential disaster, earning OMEGA the "Snoopy Award", the highest distinction awarded by the NASA astronauts. In another historical event, the Speedmaster was worn on the wrists of both the American astronaut Tom Stafford and the Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during the historic Apollo-Soyuz space rendezvous. This was the first time the cosmonauts also wore the OMEGA Speedmaster. Ever since, the Speedmaster has been the official chronograph of all Russian manned space missions.

The greatest moment in the Speedmaster's history was undoubtedly 21 July 1969 at 02:56 GMT, when it recorded man's first steps on the Moon's surface. The Apollo 11 mission was a milestone in history and the Speedmaster became the first watch (and the only watch since) to be worn on the Moon. With this unique accomplishment came a unique nickname: the Moon Watch.

History (1978-98 )

Russia's pioneering space station MIR was again used as an orbiting test laboratory in 1998 for OMEGA's X-33 multifunction chronograph. After successful completion of the tests, MIR also offered a unique opportunity for presenting the watch to the public via a live satellite link-up with the Houston Space Center.

The Speedmaster X-33 is now flight-qualified by both NASA and the Russian space agency and is therefore included in the standard equipment issued to all astronauts and cosmonauts. However, the legendary OMEGA Speedmaster Professional also remains an item of standard equipment and is still worn for extra-vehicular activity.

came a unique nickname: the Moon Watch.
As space exploration continued to break through new frontiers, the OMEGA Speedmaster was again selected by NASA in 1978 as its official chronograph for the new Space Shuttle programme following a new series of harsh tests.

The Speedmaster was later subjected to yet another gruelling test on board the Russian space station MIR between July 1993 and July 1994. The success of this exceptional test is attested by a certificate initialled by the MIR crew. The OMEGA Speedmaster had become the most tested watch in the world.
Source: http://www.omegawatches.com/index.php?id=439

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http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/omega.html
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This model is still worn by many present day astronauts on Shuttle missions.
http://home.xnet.com/%7Ecmaddox/moonmovement.html
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It has been documented that Armstrong did not wear his Speedmaster on his walk on the moon. An instrument had malfunctioned during the LEM's Decent and his Speedmaster was left in the LEM to serve as a replacement.
http://www.clubspeedmaster.com/space/tests.htm
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NASA have exhaustively tested the Omega Speedmaster and the later renamed Speedmaster Professional models three times making it one of the most tested watches of all time.
Current Models:

Speedmaster Professional
Steel on Steel, Reference: 3570.50.00



Speedmaster Professional
Steel on Steel, Reference: 3573.50.00




Buzz Aldrin - Apollo 11

PS: If you're tempted to buy after reading this article, please only buy from an Omega Authorised Dealer. Omega do not authorise or condone online sales of their watches - and may not honour warranties.

There are, however, reputable online dealers in pre-owned models - PM for info.)


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Old 10-02-2007, 09:56 AM   #2
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When I first saw the title of this thread I thought that you had gone out and purchased a telescope or some such.....

Back on topic, nice watch.......
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:59 AM   #3
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So that's where the Imperial Star Destroyer went is it ?
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:01 AM   #4
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Lol - no, that's one of the others.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:15 AM   #5
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Blimey - got a collection going then have we...
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:18 AM   #6
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So how many watches do you wear at once then....... or is it one for every day of the week.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:51 AM   #7
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It's getting that way.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:54 PM   #8
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So how many watches do you wear at once then....... or is it one for every day of the week.
so eagle,looks like you ve plenty time on your hands sorry couldnt resist that WIND UP
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:11 PM   #9
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Don't make me laugh - I've a dodgy ticker!
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Oh dear lord above, please stop.........................
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:31 PM   #11
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Eagle, if you've a dodgy ticker then your should get it replaced, I'm sure Omega have a good replacment warranty.
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Nice piece of kit...however I suspect it's wider than my wrist and costs more than wallet will hold.
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Nice piece of kit...however I suspect it's wider than my wrist.
You can always take off your space suit.
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Im a big apollo mission fan, badges autographs etc and after many many years of wanting one of these watches I bought one from a small family jewellers in Ayr at christmas (omega dealer of course) I absolutely love it, my wife says I am like a big kid, always taking the chance to show it off (I have even bought the omega space watch book, sad eh)
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Sounds like Eagle has more watches then a New York street vendor.

Maybe one day I will get such a watch, but I lose watches so often that I would be afraid to wear THAT one.
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Old 16-02-2007, 09:21 PM   #16
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Went into a Bond Street Jewelers today to have a close look at this thing. I think most of the Saturn 5 was just to get this thing in orbit...it's massive. It's also too big for my wrist and looks silly on me. It has a 42mm face before you add the bezel and boy is thick. The salesman showed me a smaller Speedmaster with a 40mm face...of yeah that 2mm makes all the difference but it was only £1200 compared with £1695.

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Old 16-02-2007, 10:01 PM   #17
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It's tiny.

Next time, ask to try the Omega Planet Ocean (45.5mm). Or, bigger yet, the Breitling Super Avenger (48.4mm and 18mm thick!).

If miniscule Daniel Craig can carry it off, I'm sure you can!




Planet Ocean on me... (7 1/4" wrist).

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Old 16-02-2007, 10:25 PM   #18
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It does actually look a little big of him....my wrist is 6 1/4".
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And here’s my size 1/6 Omega Speedmaster… Hey, don’t laugh!!!...it’s fully licensed, key?



Large size pic:
http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?i...onwatchgc1.jpg

…and here’s the 1/6 Buzz Aldrin that came with it… ;-))



Large size pic:
http://img266.imageshack.us/my.php?image=nafe1.jpg


Want one?...eBay will get you both for 70 bucks!

http://cgi.ebay.ca/_W0QQitemZ250077332584
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Old 17-02-2007, 06:27 PM   #20
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Hasn't he got it on upside down?
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