Thus the Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph replica watch was used to time these critical rocket burns and aid in the successful return to earth.
The first Speedmaster model was reference CK 2915 and was powered by the Omega Calibre 321 which was introduced in 1942 and further developed in 1946 by adding protection to magnetic fields and shocks, something that would later prove to be very important for the NASA tests.
The first Omega chronograph with the name “Speedmaster” appeared in 1957, its name originated from the model’s unique tachymeter scale bezel (in brushed stainless steel) and by the naming convention set by prior Omega brands Seamaster and Railmaster. Omega were at this time official timekeeper for the Olympic Games and the Speedmaster was introduced as a sports and racing chronograph to complement Omega’s position. In recognition of the crucial role played by the Speedmaster Professional in the rescue of the crew of Apollo 13, NASA honored Omega with the coveted Snoopy Award.
The Omega Speedmaster Ref.CK 2915 copy model established the signature 12-hour, triple-register chronograph layout, with domed Plexiglas crystal and simple high-contrast index markers. This early model used Omega’s Broadarrow hand set unlike most subsequent Speedmaster models.
During the Apollo 13 mission (April 1970), an explosion damaged the main source of energy, forcing astronauts to turn off all electrical instruments with the exception of the radio in order to conserve the energy required for their maneuvers return to earth.
A second version CK 2998 was released In 1959, which had a black aluminum tachymeter bezel for improved legibility and alpha hands, an O-ring gasket for greater water resistance was added and the case diameter was also increased from 39 to 40mm. This was again updated in 1963 by references ST 105.003 with straight baton hands and ST 105.012 with an asymmetrical case to protect the chronograph pushers and crown.
Indeed this year saw the launch of yet another variant, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon which features a dial made from black zirconium oxide ceramic. There will doubtless be many more variations of this legendary wach to come in the future too.
The Speedmasters position as the definitive space Swiss Omega copy watch was further enhanced with the next event easily recognised by the phrase: “Houston, we have a problem.”