Speedmaster Moonwatch “First OMEGA in Space”
In 1962, astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra made history for OMEGA when he wore his own personal Speedmaster Reference 2998 during the “Sigma 7” mission of the Mercury program. Blasting into a clear blue sky on October 3rd, it marked the start of a long history of space exploration for OMEGA’s now-iconic Speedmaster Chronograph. In fact, almost two and half years later, the watch would become officially certified for all manned missions.
Today, the Speedmaster “First OMEGA in Space” reprises the classic look inspired by Schirra’s pioneering moment.
The updated 18K Sedna gold case is based on the original “pre-professional” Speedmaster, with symmetric lugs and a 1962 Seahorse medallion on the caseback.
On its face, the timepiece features a unique brown polished ceramic bezel ring and a matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale. This rich brown colour is also included on the PVD subdials and minutes track, which encircles a central opaline silvery dial. Along with the applied indexes, the hands are all made of 18K Sedna gold and contain a mix of “Alpha” and “Baton” designs.
For a unique touch, the caseback features special engravings including “THE FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE”, “OCTOBER 3, 1962” and “NUMBERED EDITION No.”
It is powered by the hand-wound Calibre 1861, a more modern Rhodium-plated version of the original Calibre 321 that was beating on Wally Schirra’s wrist.
Sedna gold and brown ceramic, requires a brown leather strap that Omega delivers with beige stitching.
The Moonwatch “First OMEGA in Space” Numbered Edition will be available at the OMEGA Boutique in Vancouver and select OMEGA retailers across Canada for $19,200.