Swiss luxury watchmaker Omega has been synonymous with space since the idea of space exploration became a reality in the 1960s.
The brand is still dedicated to the future of space exploration, and they have enlisted one of the most iconic astronauts in history to help shape the future in the field.
Omega’s history with space exploration began on an autumn day in 1962 when future Project Mercury astronauts
Leroy “Gordo” Cooper and Walter Schirra walked into a watch shop in Houston, Texas. They were browsing for timepieces to use on their upcoming flights, and they left with Omega Seamasters.
At the end of Project Mercury the following year, specialist engineers hired by NASA began to evaluate, test and certify watches for training and flight use after astronauts began to ask for them. The tests were designed to test the timepieces to their breaking point, and watches from Omega, Rolex and Longines-Wittnauer were assessed. The Omega Speedmaster reference ST105.003 was declared as the winner on March 1st, 1965, being certified as “Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions”.
History was made on July 21st, 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on the moon. Armstrong was not wearing his watch, as he left on board the Eagle because its onboard clock was not functioning properly, and the Omega Speedmaster Professional on Aldrin’s wrist became the first watch to be worn on the moon.
It is Aldrin himself who has been enlisted by the watchmaker to design a brand new Speedmaster, and even more incredibly, this watch will be going to Mars.
Through his official Twitter account, the retired astronaut announced last week:
“I’ve begun my design of a #Mars watch for @omegawatches. #GYATM #NoDreamIsTooHigh”
This news is exciting for luxury watch fans and space enthusiasts alike, as not only we will be seeing a next-generation Speedmaster designed by an icon, it also means that Aldrin genuinely believes that mankind will make it to Mars in the not too distant future.
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