The Speed­mas­ter:

A MASTER OF THE REALMS

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With a his­tory of pre­ci­sion time­keep­ing that goes back to 160 years, Omega has con­sis­tently catered to the dis­tinc­tive needs of var­i­ous cor­po­ra­tions, pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions, sports bod­ies and, of course, the who’s who of the world. Be it the con­quest of the high­est peaks, or set­ting of deep-sea div­ing records, or ex­plor­ing the un­known realms of the heav­ens, Omega watches have not just proven them­selves wor­thy of these feats, but have also emerged un­scathed from the most gru­elling tests and the most chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ments. This is be­cause all Omega watches go through fac­tory tests far tougher than they are likely to meet in later life. A case in point is the Omega Speed­mas­ter Chrono­graph, the only watch to be flight-qual­i­fied by NASA for use by as­tro­nauts on all manned space mis­sions, in­clud­ing the mo­men­tous con­quest of the moon in 1969.

For the Omega Speed­mas­ter Chrono­graph, the jour­ney from the fac­tory in Switzer­land to the moon meant an in­ter­ven­ing six weeks of un­re­lent­ing tor­ture at the NASA labs, where the watch was re­peat­edly plunged from sub-zero tem­per­a­tures to sear­ing heat, from sud­den vi­bra­tions to ac­cel­er­a­tions of 15G, dras­tic changes in pres­sure and other such mon­strosi­ties. As the only watch among sev­eral oth­ers to sur­vive these tests, the Omega Speed­mas­ter Chrono­graph was de­clared op­er­a­tional for space ex­plo­ration and cho­sen by NASA for the ul­ti­mate test: the jour­ney to the moon and back. The rest is his­tory.

With the con­quest of the moon, the Omega Speed­mas­ter went down the an­nals of space ex­plo­ration as ‘the moon watch’ and be­came a vi­tal part of ev­ery Apollo craft, in­clud­ing Apollo 13, where a

life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion forced the as­tro­nauts to de­pend on their Omegas to time the fir­ing of the re-entry rock­ets.

In­ter­est­ingly, all these watches were no spe­cial edi­tions built ex­clu­sively for space mis­sions, but stan­dard, run-of-themill pieces avail­able at stores—a fact that went on to prove that ev­ery Omega was an em­bod­i­ment of the ex­per­tise, the painstak­ing crafts­man­shiphip and sheer re­li­a­bil­ity that made the brand wor­thy of spacece mis­sions and other chal­lenges.

Yet an­other val­i­da­tion of Omega’sa’s seem­ingly ex­ag­ger­ated claims came when it be­cameecame a part of the suc­cess­ful dock­ing of the Apol­loollo and Soyuz craft in 1975, which brought to­gether Amer­i­can as­tro­nauts and Rus­sian cos­mo­nauts os­mo­nauts in space. As a part of this mis­sion, Omega was re­as­sur­ingly able to meet et the re­quire­ments of ex­treme pre­ci­sion, on, syn­chro­niza­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity that made the mis­sion suc­cess­ful.

Scores of suc­cess­ful space mis­sions ons and sev­eral moon land­ings later, the e Speed­mas­ter line con­tin­ues to keep its glo­ri­ous legacy alive by adding new ew mem­bers that come as modern ren­di­tions­di­tions of the qual­i­ties that once earned it the ‘moon watch’ so­bri­quet. Among the lat­est of these are the ‘Speed­mas­ter Master Chronome­ter ome­ter Chrono­graph Moon­phase’ and the ‘Speed­mas­ter Dark Side of the Moon’ watches.

The Speed­mas­ter Master Chronome­terom­e­ter re­flects the ‘moon watch’ legacy of the line with a de­tailed, high res­o­lu­tion image of the moon on its blue sun- brushed dial. As a master chronome­ter, it boasts a Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Metrol­ogy (METAS) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and, true to its name, dis­plays the phases of the moon with amaz­ing ac­cu­racy, thanks to Omega’s ob­ses­sion for pre­ci­sion mech­a­nisms. De­spite the chal­lenges of in­di­cat­ing the 29.5 days of the ex­act lu­nar month by means of a gear train, while also tak­ing into ac­count the moon’s wob­bles, the Speed­mas­ter Master Chronome­ter’s moon phase in­di­ca­tion re­quires ad­just­ment once ev­ery 10 years. Among the model’s other strik­ing fea­tures in­clude a rev­o­lu­tion­ary 9904 move­ment, two sub­di­als, a stain­less steel case, a ce­ramic bezel and a Liq­uid­metal® coated tachymetre scale.

The Dark Side of the Moon time­piece cel­e­brates the first sight­ing of the dark side of the moon by the Apollo 8 as­tro­nauts. The model sports a black zir­co­nium ox­ide ce­ramic dial with strik­ing 18-carat white gold ‘Moon­watch’ style hands and two ce­ramic sub-di­als at 3 and 9 o’clock. The most defin­ing fea­ture of the watch, how­ever, is a matt chromium ni­tride tachymeter scale on a pol­ished ce­ramic bezel and a ce­ramic case that houses the OMEGA Co-Ax­ial cal­i­bre 9300. A ce­ramic case-back and a match­ing coated ny­lon fab­ric strap com­ple­ment the ‘dark side of the moon’ theme of thethe model.

Omega cel­e­brat­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the iconic Speed­mas­ter watch at a re­cently held star-filled ‘Lost in Space’ themed evening in Lon­don with guests of hon­our George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin in at­ten­dance

From left: Speed­mas­ter Master Chronome­ter Chrono­graph Moon­phase and Speed­mas­ter Dark Side of the Moon watches

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