The Watch That Went To The Moon Is Now Master Chronometer Certified
In 1969, man braced the yet unknown frontiers of space and landed on the moon in what is now known as the infamous Apollo 11 mission where astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins fearlessly showed us that the sky was never the limit when in the name of exploration. Along for the ride was the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional—also known as the Moonwatch—strapped on their wrists and it’s been a favourite of fans and astronauts ever since.
This year, the Speedmaster Moonwatch collection will be updated with its next generation of models. This is a chance for fans all over the world to see the latest edition of a much-loved timepiece – including unique touches in design and a powerful Master Chronometer certified anti-magnetic movement.
“When updating a sacred timepiece like the Speedmaster Moonwatch, every detail must be true to its original spirit. This chronograph is recognised the world over, so we’ve approached its design with the most sincere respect, while taking its movement to the next level,” says Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA.
For this exciting launch, the Swiss watchmaker has taken inspiration from the 4th generation Moonwatch style, commonly referenced to as the ST 105.012, and worn by Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969.
These space-era tributes include the classic asymmetrical case, the step dial, the double bevel caseback, and the famous dot over 90 (DON) and a dot diagonal to 70 on the anodised aluminium bezel ring; small but important details when it comes to the telling of the Speedmaster story.
Perhaps the most significant update comes with the arrival of the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861. The new movement ensures that the Moonwatch will now be unaffected by even the most extreme magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. In addition, it ensures that the entire watch is certified as a Master Chronometer – the highest standard of precision, performance and magnetic-resistance in the Swiss watch industry.
Around the wrist, OMEGA has made yet more changes. An integrated, fully-brushed bracelet offers a five–arched-links-per-row design. Similar to Moonwatch styles of the past, it includes a new clasp with a polished OMEGA logo on a satin-finished cover.
Even the dial shows the attention-to-detail that OMEGA has committed to this updated collection. In accordance with the Calibre 3861’s frequency, the minute track is now split by 3 divisions, as opposed to the 5 divisions seen on previous models. All just another example of the brand’s exacting standards when it comes to precision.
With so much to explore, it’s now in the hands of eager Moonwatch fans to select their Master Chronometer model from eight special choices to call their very own, including versions in stainless steel, 18K Sedna™ gold or 18K Canopus gold™. As if it couldn’t get any better, every piece comes with OMEGA’s full 5-year warranty.