Omega Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Speedmaster in London

By rolex
April 7, 2021
6 min read

Last week I had the advantage of attending the 60th commemoration merriments that Omega coordinated for the Speedmaster. The occasion, and everything around it, was nothing shy of being totally wonderful. Watches and commemorations consistently work up certain feelings, and one could address whether the watches that are frequently talked about thusly, really are symbols. According to marketeers there are numerous notorious watches, notwithstanding, and I trust you will pardon me, I think there are just a modest bunch of genuine symbols. I think about John Harris’ marine chronometers of supreme significance and notable. I likewise think that the Omega Speedmaster arrived at a similarly significant, and famous, status. It went to the moon and back, and was really utilized for timing purposes on the essence of the moon. The Omega Speedmaster is certainly one of only a handful few real symbols in the realm of watchmaking, as it really served in occasions that are more noteworthy than life. Here’s a visual report (in the beginning of internet we would consider this a ‘modem burner’) of last week’s occasion in London. 

The Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary occasion began on Tuesday, 25th of April, in London, with an informal dinner and an opportunity to find (old) companions. The real occasion, named ‘Lost in Space’ was the following evening, anyway Omega coordinated exercises for the visitors during the day. In the morning we were first treated to a presentation by Petros Protopapas and Jim Ragan, and soon after that we had the chance to meet as a matter of fact Buzz Aldrin, the one who really strolled on the moon with the Omega Speedmaster on his wrist.

How the Speedmaster turned into the Moon Watch

For those ignorant of the names Petros Protopapas and Jim Ragan, let me momentarily introduce these courteous fellows. Jim Ragan worked for NASA and was the individual liable for selecting the watch that was going to accompany the Apollo 11 space explorers on their central goal to the moon. It is a direct result of the acquisition cycle that Ragan created, and the tests that he did on the watches, that the Speedmaster turned into the principal watch on the moon, and has been known, from that point forward, as the moon watch. Ragan’s job in the moon watch inheritance is crucial and of urgent significance. Petros Protopapas is the head of the Omega Museum in Biel/Bienne, old neighborhood of Omega. Ragan and Petropapas explained more about NASA’s acquisition cycle and how the Speedmaster turned into the moon watch. Three years prior we covered this and you can peruse more here .

Using the Speedmaster on the Moon

Next up was a presentation by Buzz Aldrin. Buzz Aldrin along with Neil Armstrong, were the primary people to go to the moon. While Armstrong left his Speedmaster in the lunar lander, Aldrin really wore his Speedmaster during his first stroll on the moon. Aldrin showed us some photographs that were taken during the mission, complete with running commentary. For instance, did you realize that Aldrin took the world’s first selfie, or if nothing else the first selfie in space, as imagined below?

The Apollo 11 mission was in July 1969 and at 20:17:40 UTC on July 20, 1969, the lunar lander arrived on the moon, on the alleged Sea of Tranquility. While their kindred space explorer Michael Collins remained in the Apollo container, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent an aggregate of 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon’s surface. In complete they spent 2 hours, 31 minutes outside the lunar lander, walking on a superficial level, taking photos, collecting material examples, and deploying computerized logical instruments.

Aldrin talked about the genuine utilization of the Speedmaster in space. On the Moon: according to Aldrin the computerized counter on the space explorers suit, which indicated the time spent external the lunar lander and air utilized from the breathing mechanical assembly, didn’t generally work consummately. An ordinary mechanical reinforcement, the Omega Speedmaster on a long velcro lash, was utilized by him during the moon strolls. Inside Apollo 11: the Speedmaster assumed a critical part in keeping the group informed about the real time on Earth. Mission control was in Houston, Texas, and keeping in mind that Apollo 11 was orbiting Earth, the three gentlemen inside didn’t ‘feel’ day & night as we do on Earth. With the Speedmaster on the wrist it was not difficult to realize the time on Earth, so they felt more comfortable, and realized when talking to mission control, who were on 8-hour shifts, who was wakeful and who not. The space explorers got back securely on July 24, 1969.

Lost in Space – Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary

The main occasion was in the evening of Wednesday 26th April, notwithstanding while the visitors delighted in a few presentations during the day, Omega additionally conveyed a group of space travelers into London. You can expect the most abnormal things when the space explorers are on the loose…

Space explorers unhindered in London Shopping for another Speedy Quietly reading the most recent headlines Saluting the Speedmaster Even space travelers need to bring in when it’s getting late…

Towards the evening, the space travelers registered to welcome the visitors of the Lost in Space occasion, and to show us the right way in…

And when we were in, there still was far to go… into the unknown!

The night was facilitated by teacher Brian Cox at London’s Tate Modern, which was changed into what could be confused with a major lobby at NASA. Whenever everybody had passed by the enormous table with uncommon and profoundly collectible Speedmasters, and discovered their place at the tables, we were welcomed by educator Brian Cox and Omega’s CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. Subsequently George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin came, and enlightened the crowd concerning how the Speedmaster turned out to be important for their lives. Shortly after the dinner was going to begin, anyway not before we figured out how to open the ‘Lost in Space salvage kit’. There were a few talks during the evening, and even a space explorer flew through the gigantic corridor. Omega set up a heavenly commemoration occasion for a watch that can really be called a symbol. The 60th commemoration of Omega’s Speedmaster with George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin as guests of honor at the “Lost in Space” evening, was a befitting theme which honored the Speedmaster’s unparalleled heritage in space investigation. For the present I’ll let the photographs do the talking…

Passing the uncommon Speedies Guest of honor and the other visitor of honor Lost in Space salvage pack Cheers… Raynald Aeschlimann, Brian Cox and George Clooney Flying space explorer visitors at dinner Petros Protopapas, Raynald Aeschlimann, Brian Cox, Buzz Aldrin, George Clooney and Jim Ragan

If you need to study the NASA Apollo program than you can peruse this Wikipedia page about the subject.

More about the notorious Speedmaster on the Omega site . All photographs of the space explorers in London by Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Omega. Any remaining photographs likewise civility Getty Images for Omega.