The Omega Speedmaster watch is an Iconic timepiece that needs little introduction.
The watch was launched in 1957 as part of the Master line of watches.
Over the first few years the watch saw a number of modest changes in design.
The big change came when Omega found out in 1966 that the Speedmaster was being used by NASA as the watch astronauts would wear during EVA (extra vehicular activities).
Omega then changed the design to add the word "Professional" on the dial.
On July 20th, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon and the first watch to be worn on the Moon was the Omega Speedmaster.
The Speedmaster had further proven itself on the Apollo 13 mission, when it was used to manually time the firing of the rockets that would put the spacecraft into the correct trajectory back to earth.
Shortly thereafter Omega added the inscriptions "Flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions" and "The first watch worn on the moon" to the case back of the Speedmaster Professional.
Today, the Speedmaster is most recognized as the "Moon watch", however the Speedmaster has been worn on numerous space missions and continues to be qualified for EVA.
Omega has also produced a number of variants of the Speedmaster Professional including the Mk II through V, mission specific versions, to name a few.
However, the manual wind Speedmaster Professional continues to be the most recognized of the Speedmasters.
The earlier versions appeal mostly to collectors and can command a pretty penny.
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