OMEGA celebrated the 60th anniversary of its iconic Speedmaster watch at a star-studded event in London. George Clooney and Buzz Aldrin were the honored guests of the “Lost in Space” event, which honored the incomparable legacy of the Speedmaster in space exploration.
The OMEGA Speedmaster has enjoyed a long and diverse history. The original model was the world’s first watch with a tachymeter scale in the bezel. Since then, its design has endured and has been used by astronauts, pilots, explorers, athletes and actors, at the same time that its community of fans around the world has increased. As part of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface, the OMEGA Speedmaster became the first watch used on the Moon.
More than 50 years have passed since the Speedmaster became an essential space tool. In 1.965, the watch was tested and qualified by NASA for all manned space missions. The man in charge of this process, former engineer James Ragan, also attended the event in London and spoke to guests about the Speedmaster’s reputation within NASA. “Of all the watches we tested in 1.965, the Speedmaster was the only one to pass all the tests. The others were eliminated on the first test. For this reason, the watch has a very good reputation at NASA and to this day still is still used in space. That says a lot about the clock. “