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History of Watches | Omega's Race to Space

The Omega Speedmaster is one of the most beloved watches in the world due to its rich history. This watch's journey began in 1957 when Omega launched its Professional collection to rival Rolex and IWC.

Building a relationship with NASA

One of the most famous Speedmasters is the 2998 as it is the watch that started Omega's long and illustrious relationship with NASA. Astronaut Wally Schirra, only the fifth American to leave Earth’s atmosphere, wore his own 2998 on October 3rd 1962 aboard the Sigma 7, during his nine-hour, six orbit Mercury-Atlas mission. The watch performed faultlessly, and paved the way for its successors to go even further.

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The space race

The space race had began which meant that the race was also on for watch manufactures to create a watch that would withstand an extended period in space. The watches were examined for reliability in extremes of heat, cold, pressure and humidity, along with batteries of other trials. By March of 1965, Omega had been selected as the manufacture that would create the watches for the moon landing.

The moon landing

On July 20th 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Both had been issued 105.012 models, but Armstrong had been forced to leave his behind in the command module as a backup to a failing electronic timer. This meant that it was Aldrin’s watch that became the first to be worn on the moon.

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