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|Scope of delivery:||Original box, original papers|
|Expected delivery:||Jul 24, 2019 - Aug 1, 2019|
This dealer is unavailable until 2019 Jul 22.
|Model||Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch|
|Condition||Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||Original box, original papers|
|Location||United Kingdom, Hertfordshire|
|Power reserve||48 h|
|Number of jewels||18|
|Case diameter||42 mm|
|Water resistance||5 ATM|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
|Lug width||20 mm Size guide|
|Display Back, Small Seconds|
Omega’s legendary Speedmaster 'Moonwatch' has been on every manned US space flight and accompanied American astronauts on the Moon since 1969.
Launched by Omega in 1957, the Speedmaster was the first chronograph to display a tachymeter scale on the bezel, setting an aesthetic benchmark in the realm of chronographs that has yet to wane. Designed to measure elapsed times and speed with chronograph and tachymeter functions, the Speedmaster was one of three professional watches launched by the Swiss brand – along with the Seamaster and the Railmaster – offering a high-precision, water-resistant watch that was easy to read and use.
Declared “Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions” by NASA, the Speedmaster made its first official trip into space on 23 March 1965, on the wrists of Virgil Grissom and John Young during the Gemini III mission and again on 3 June on America’s first spacewalk, executed by astronaut Edward White. To fit over the astronauts’ thickly padded suits, the steel bracelet of the Speedmaster was exchanged for a long Velcro strap.
After a faultless performance in space, the Speedmaster was ready for the Apollo 11 mission that would effectively end the Space Race and substantiate President Kennedy’s ambitious goal of landing a man on the Moon.
The Apollo 11 blasted off on 16 July 1969 from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Four days later, Commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle lunar module on the surface of the Moon, in the Sea of Tranquillity, while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the command module Columbia. Glued to their televisions, 600 million viewers on Earth watched Armstrong descend the ladder of the lunar module and heard him utter the immortal words: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Joining Armstrong on the surface of the Moon about 20 minutes later, Aldrin was in awe of the virgin lunar terrain, which he described as a “magnificent desolation”. But they were not alone. Strapped to Aldrin’s spacesuit was the rugged and reliable Speedmaster, which from this epic day in 1969 would become known as the ‘Moonwatch’.
Here we have a 3573.50.00 in SUPERB CONDITION. Near Mint.
This OMEGA Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” features a black dial covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and graced by a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder along with a central chronograph hand. The black bezel, with its tachymetric scale, is mounted on a 42 mm stainless steel case and presented on a matching bracelet.
At the heart of this chronograph is OMEGA’s mechanical calibre 1863, the famous manual-winding movement worn on the Moon, visible through the transparent caseback.
FEATURES: Chronograph, Tachymeter, Small seconds, Transparent case back
Between lugs: 20 mm
Case diameter: 42 mm
Dial colour: Black
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)
Power reserve: 48 hours
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