In 2017, the 60th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster series, the Speedmaster series is not only an outstanding work of racing cars and sports chronograph watches, but also has an inseparable connection with space exploration. Among them, the OMEGA Speedmaster ‘First Omega Space Watch’ commemorative version of the Senda Gold model (watch model: 318.104.22.168.02.001) is inspired by the second generation Speedmaster watches born in 1959.
In 1962, the second-generation Speedmaster watch served as the personal watch of astronaut Walter Schirra, accompanied by him to board the ‘Sigma 7’ spacecraft to perform the Mercury plan flight mission, making it a The first Omega watch to go into space.
In 1965, the Speedmaster watch stood out in the NASA watch test and was officially approved by NASA as the designated watch for all its manned space missions. In 1969, the Speedmaster watch accompanied the astronauts to achieve the first human landing on the moon, becoming the first and only watch to land on the moon, establishing the pioneering position of the Speedmaster watch in the field of space exploration. In countless space exploration missions, the Speedmaster Watch has also witnessed six human missions to the moon, and its reputation as a ‘lunar watch’ is truly worthy of.
This Speedmaster series ‘First Omega Space Watch’ commemorative version of the Senda gold model, engraved in 1962 astronaut Walter Schiera on the Mercury mission, the Speedmaster watch numbered CK2998, retained The prototype model’s classic ‘α’ hands, symmetrical case and three dark small dials, based on this new interpretation of 18K Sedna® gold and luxurious brown. The new moon watch’s case, hour markers and Omega logo are made of 18K Sedna® gold, and all hands are also made of 18K Sedna® gold.
This watch features a 39.7 mm 18K Sedna® gold case with a brown polished ceramic bezel and matte chrome nitride tachymeter scale. On the milky silver dial, the luxurious brown minute ring echoes the inside and outside of the three small dials. The small dial is located at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock, the 3 o’clock position is the 30-minute counter, the 6 o’clock position is the 12-hour counter, and the 9 o’clock position is the small second dial.
The watch dial is equipped with 18K Sedna® gold rod-shaped three-dimensional hour markers. The watch hands are also all made of 18K Sedna® gold. The ‘α-shaped’ hour and minute hands and the ‘baton’ chronograph seconds hand contrast. The ‘α-shaped’ hour, minute and hour markers are covered with a luminous coating on the outer end, showing green light in the dark. Even in the dark, the time can be read clearly.
The 18K Sedna® gold crown is embossed with the Omega brand logo, and the side of the crown has a non-slip texture, making it easy for the wearer to manipulate the delicate and compact crown. The top and bottom of the crown are respectively equipped with timing start and pause buttons and timing zero button.
The watch features a brown leather strap with light brown stitching and an 18K Sedna® gold pin buckle. The leather strap is soft and comfortable and fits perfectly on the wrist.
The watch’s screw-in caseback is embossed with the earliest Speedmaster Seahorse emblem and engraved with ‘THE FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE’ and ‘OCTOBER 3, 1962’ (October 3, 1962). The watch is equipped with an Omega 1861 hand-wound chronograph movement. This movement is inherited from the 861 movements on many moon watches. The corrosion-resistant rhodium-plated treatment is more resistant to wear and aging. The watch offers a 48-hour power reserve and a water-resistant depth of 50 meters.
Summary: Since more than half a century ago, astronaut Walter Schirra chose the Omega Speedmaster, which has always been a world-renowned masterpiece of professional timekeeping. The Omega Speedmaster series ‘First Omega Space Watch’ commemorative Senda gold model, each of which is independently numbered according to the manufacturing order, the official suggested retail price is 121,200 RMB. Not only does it excel in space, it also works perfectly on Earth.