One small step for a person, a massive soar for mankind and an strange future for the watch that followed guy’s first steps at the Moon, thereby turning into the best icon in watchmaking historical past: the Omega Speedmaster ‘Moonwatch’.

Introduced to the general public via Omega in 1957, the Speedmaster was once designed for principally carrying functions, akin to in motor racing. Alternatively, its destiny took a fully other flip within the early Sixties. Astronauts going to Area, a few of whom wore a Speedmaster for personal use, sought after to be formally supplied with a competent, correct and resistant watch. Because of this, NASA undertook a chain of rigorous exams in excessive stipulations in 1964 to choose the most productive chronograph to accompany them on their Area missions. The Omega Speedmaster received those exams and was once formally qualified (‘Flight Certified for All Manned Area Missions’) via NASA on 1 March 1965 for the Gemini challenge. It was once in July 1969 that it in point of fact made historical past, serving the astronauts of the Apollo 11 project (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) for guy’s first steps at the Moon.

This ebook retraces an strange epic and the evolution of a singular and undying watch which, from its beginnings in 1957 via to the present fashions, has remained without end attention-grabbing.