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Omega celebrates 50 years since it earned its Silver Snoopy Award from NASA

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The Silver Snoopy Award is a special honor presented to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success.

Snoopy was chosen as NASA’s mascot in the 1960s, to act as a safety watchdog during space flight missions.

Omega earned its first Silver Snoopy 50 years ago in 1970 in recognition of the watchmaker’s unique contributions to space exploration, as well as the Speedmaster’s vital support during the rescue of Apollo 13.

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To mark the 50th anniversary of that honor, Omega has made a special edition Speedmaster with Charlie Brown’s trusted hound, dressed in the spacesuit he wears on every Silver Snoopy Award, appearing at 9 o’clock in one of three blue subdials.

The white and blue dial is also silver and laser-engraved with Ag925.

Flip the watch over and you find Snoopy in a black and white Command and Service Module (CSM) on an invisible arm.

When the chronograph seconds hand is in use, Snoopy takes a trip around the far side of the moon – just as the Apollo 13 crew did – with the lunar surface being decorated on the sapphire crystal using a unique micro-structured metallization.

In the distance, a vision of Earth is included on a disc that rotates once per minute in sync with the watch’s small seconds hand. The case back is locked into the correct position that all of the details remain in the correct position, including the date in 1970 that OMEGA received the Silver Snoopy Award, as well as a tribute to the imperilled Apollo 13 mission that same year.

The 42mm steel watch is worn on a blue fabric strap and is driven by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861.

It is on sale from today for $9,600 and is not a limited edition.

 

 

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