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Why We Love It
There are Speedmasters, and there are Moonwatches. They are not the same.
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Speedmaster, Omega went back to the Speedy's roots. This is a 1:1 reissue of the very first Omega Speedmaster Reference 2915-1 that was originally released in 1957. The first Speedmaster was notable for a few reasons, the biggest being it was the first chronograph to move the tachymeter scale to the outside of the dial and onto the bezel. That's right, that was a major innovation in watch design as chronographs of the era had their tachymeters printed on the outer edge of the dial (looking at you Heuer Carrera).
This was the watch "For men who reckon time in seconds", as the advertisements showing two gentleman behind the wheel of a sports car would declare. This was before it went to NASA, or was worn by Ed White, or became 'The Moonwatch'. At this point, it was also a wearable prototype. Within three months of being introduced, the Speedmaster would undergo a series of changes before the Ref. 2915 was discontinued in 1959 to make way for the 2998. That makes original 2915s extremely rare and valuable beyond the reach of many of us enthusiasts. Original 2915s have fetched as much at $400k at auction - and deservedly so as their are far fewer 2915s in existence than Paul Newman Daytonas.
This Speedmaster is a chance for us to look at the origins of an icon, and be able to wear and enjoy that design without the headache or fuss of a near-priceless original. That being said, this still isn't that common as Omega only made 3,557 of them.
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 39mm (excluding the crown). Calibre 1861 manually-winding chronograph movement. Circa 2017.
Overall Condition: The case is in near-mint condition overall showing only the slightest wear from handling in a store environment. Some factory stickers still present. Luminous ‘tropical’ dial is in excellent condition with Super Luminova indices and handset ‘aged’ from the factory to a cream color. Caseback shows no signs of wear.
Includes Omega Presentation Boxes, Booklets, & Paperwork dated from Omega AD in 2020
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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