Watch of the month: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

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Watch of the month: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

The watch that gained notoriety for accompanying American astronauts on the mission to the moon is now sleeker than ever

W hen Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969, he proclaimed it a “giant leap for mankind”.

The same could be said of the Omega Speedmaster timepiece Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wore on this historic space mission — a chronograph created initially for race-car drivers and motoring enthusiasts but which met all of NASA’s stringent requirements in performance, precision and being able to withstand the extreme conditions of outer space. The Omega Speedmaster went on to accompany all six lunar missions and became a watchmaking icon.

In honour of this momentous achievement, Omega created a series of the Speedmaster Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase timepiece: seen here are a stainless steel and 18K Sedna gold model dressed in rich brown, and another in stainless steel complemented with a black dial.

The generously sized 44.25mm watches feature on their sun-brushed dials an extraordinary moonphase display with two photorealistic moons that are as detailed as a NASA photograph. In fact, upon close inspection, one can even make out an astronaut’s footprint.

Contrary to popular belief, a lunar month is not 30 days, but slightly more than 29.5 days. A difficult time span to manage for a standard gear train, but Omega’s Moonphase is up to the task — its highly accurate mechanism only needs adjusting after 10 years, and all it takes is a few turns of the crown.

For the steel-and-gold model, the indices and hands are in 18-carat Sedna gold as well, and the case is complemented by a brown ceramic bezel ring with Ceragold tachymeter scale. In the steel version, the hands and indices are rhodium-plated and the case is crowned by a black ceramic bezel ring with Omega’s proprietary Liquidmetal tachymeter scale.

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