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Omega Speedmaster Professional

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Why We Love It

Have you heard the good news? The Omega Speedmaster went to the moon!

We know, sometimes it can be a little repetitious, hearing about the Speedmaster's role in the history making of Apollo XI which celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year. Regardless of it's impressive space connection, the Speedmaster is a watch worthy of any and every collection. The Speedy's classic good looks, modern sized case and versatility all make it a favorite of ours here at HQ. 

This particular Speedmaster, a Reference 145.012-67, is the last of the breed to utilize the legendary Calibre .321 column wheel chronograph movement by Lemania. With its characteristic applied-logo dial and "Dot Over 90" bezel, this example was produced alongside the very watches that touched down at Tranquility Base that fateful day in July of 1969.

One curious detail of this Reference 145.012, is the 'SP' designated. SP, Spécial Poussoirs or "special pushers," meaning that these examples had unique pushers with taller caps installed in order to improve water resistance. 

Special indeed! 

The Story

We all know the famous story of the Speedmaster and NASA.

Omega released the Speedmaster in 1957, in the midst of a craze for racing chronographs. The name "Speedmaster" followed the naming trend set by the Seamaster and Railmaster models, and was also a subtle nod to the innovative brushed stainless steel tachymeter bezel. 

Who knows--had NASA not pinpointed the Speedmaster for use in manned spaceflight, perhaps it would only be regarded among the great racing chronographs like the Heuer Autavia or the Tudor Monte Carlo? 

The fact that the Speedmaster came to be used by NASA is somewhat serendipitous. Since the dawn of military aviation, pilots had used chronographs to time their flights. When NASA developed their space program, the first astronauts were, as one can imagine, pilots. The Speedmaster was already known to NASA for its personal use by the astronauts: Wally Schirra wore his own Speedmaster, a Reference CK2998, aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 in 1962, and Ed White donned his Reference 105.003-64 for America's first EVA (extra-vehicular activity) on June 3, 1965.  

In 1965, NASA sent formal bids to twelve different brands whose chronographs the astronauts preferred for use in their flights. Chronographs from Breitling (already by then well-established for use in aviation), Rolex, and even a pocket-watch by Hamilton were considered by NASA. Ultimately a Rolex, a Wittnauer and an Omega made the final cut, but the Speedmaster won out and was found to be the most durable and suitable for use in the Apollo missions. The Speedmaster was one of the few pieces of equipment used by the astronauts that was not made specifically for NASA, but given the watch’s outstanding quality, it became the first wristwatch to be flight-qualified for NASA in manned space missions. 

Omega Speedmaster Professional

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