The Moonwatch earned its name when Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 walked on the moon in 1969 with a Speedmaster Professional on his wrist. Fifty years later this iconic timepiece holds its value well, and today’s Moonwatch is still part of the kit on all manned space missions. It’s the utilitarian watch par excellence, originally designed as a sports racing chronograph – hence the no-fuss dial design and tachymetric scale around the bezel.
NASA required high-contrast batons while racing drivers sought hands filled with lume to read in low light. The evolution of Speedmaster’s hand styles include broad arrows and delicate dauphine hands but they remain instantly recognisable.
A classic and still much-featured component of the Omega Speedmaster is the triple-register dial, reflecting the utmost precision required in this timepiece’s history. On some more recent models one sub-dial has been replaced by a date window.
The first chronograph to take the tachymeter away from the dial and place it on the bezel outside the crystal, the Speedmaster collection retains this distinguishable bezel design today. Styles range from overtly sporty to more subtle.