Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A Moonwatch Tough Enough for Moonwalk!

August 28, 2019

It has been more than 50 years 38 days, at the time of this post, for the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Chronograph to land on the moon in July 1969. The watch has been nicknamed as the Moonwatch when Buzz Aldrin stopped on the moon surface he was wearing the Speedmaster Professional.

The Omega classic watch certainly has a very unique position in the history of timepiece because it is the only watch that has landed on the moon. From the Gemini program to now, NASA has only considered this watch as good enough to all the space exploration programs.

Today the Speedmaster remains to be one of the most iconic watch when it comes to chronograph watch. With its iconic background, it is safe to say that the Speedmaster Professional is likely one of the most wanted watch for those who appreciate craftsmanship, technologies and classic beauty. Today the Speedmaster Professional comes with matching bracelet or a black leather strap.

The watch's black dial and tachymeter scale carry a unique look that cannot be mistaken. However what you may not be able see in this 42 mm chronograph is the Super-LumiNova coating in the central hour and minute hands. A hesalite crystal protects the dial enhanced with a 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and small seconds sub-dial.

The timepiece is virtually driven by the same mechanical hand-winding caliber that landed on the moon despite of a change in 1968.  The 1968 the watch hosted the calibre 321 is replaced by the current calibre 861 with the high-grade rhodium-plated finish. I just love the winding feeling on my figure knowing that my kinetic energy will be transformed into the potential energy which the calibre can preserve up to 48 hours.

If you are looking for a watch as gift for your dad for Christmas or his birthday, this is probably the one!