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Why We Love It
"What If ..."
We all play that game where we wonder what would happen if we changed one thing, or how something might look if it was just a little *different*. This watch is the Speedmaster equivalent of "what if".
What if ... The Speedmaster never lost its Broad Arrow handset?
What if ... The Speedmaster never lost its original case shape?
What if ... The Speedmaster never lost its steel bezel?
Well, here it is!
This is very well what the Speedmaster could have looked like if it kept those original design elements and just kept evolving. The Speedmaster '57 builds upon the foundation of the original 2915-1 by keeping its iconic handset, steel bezel, and straight-lug case. Yet at the same time it adds the most modern technology, moving to an automatic winding Co-Axial chronograph calibre, sapphire crystal, adding a date function and combining the hours and minutes readout into a single sub-register.
History doesn't repeat itself - but it does rhyme, and this watch is distinctly in-tune with its past why still beating to a different (co-axial) drum.
Ba dum-dum, ting!
After touching the lander down on the lunar surface, Buzz Aldrin transmitted to Houston control these words, nary more than a whisper, the first communication between human beings not concurrently on the same planet.
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon for the first time, his Omega Speedmaster was in the module serving as a backup for its electric timer that had malfunctioned. It was Aldrin who, following Armstrong to become the second human to walk on the moon, introduced the Speedmaster to the lunar surface.
Today, Omega has become synonymous with the Apollo missions, the moon landing and space exploration in general. The provenance of the brand, driven by the incredible reliability and functionality of the watches that they produced throughout the space era is second to none. But at the heart of the moon missions, at the core of their objective, was the intrinsic human desire to explore, to crest the horizon and, undaunted, step forth into the unknown.
NASA approved the Speedmaster for its space missions because it was the best, most accurate timepiece they could find, and testing revealed that it needed no modification in order to remain functional under the duress of space flight. NASA was concerned with accuracy, durability and usability; they didn't care about Omega's history, they needed a tool that could accompany humans on a mission to the moon and help them get back safely. They exposed the Speedmaster to high and low temperatures, blasted it with vibrations, challenged it with g-force extremes and submitted it to high and low pressure. Through it all, the Speedmaster ticked on, proving that it could go where no watch had ever gone before.
Today the Omega Speedmaster is often regarded by collectors and enthusiasts to be the single most important wristwatch ever made, if for no other reason than that it accompanied us on mankind’s greatest feat – touching down on and exploring a heavenly body.
While most of the Omega Speedmasters in circulation haven’t left Earth’s atmosphere, we can all take a certain amount of pride in knowing that they could – and would continue to perform just as they would down here on the ground. When you stop and think about all that entails, that’s really saying something.
Stainless steel straight-lug case is approximately 41.5mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 9300/9301 automatic-winding Co-Axial chronograph movement. Circa 2017.
Overall Condition: The case is in near-mint condition overall showing only the slightest wear from handling. Luminous black dial is in excellent condition with 'aged' Super Luminova indices and matching handset. Sapphire display case back.
Includes multi-link stainless steel bracelet with signed deployant clasp. Also Includes inner and outer Omega Presentation Boxes, Booklets, & Paperwork dated from Omega AD in 2017.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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