The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is spawning myriad commercial opportunities, and Omega is certainly not overlooking its contribution to the mission for which it provided astronauts with Speedmasters that kept accurate time in space.
A new exhibition opens today at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art called Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography, and will play host to the launch of a special Speedmaster “First Omega in Space”: The Met Edition.
The exhibition, which runs through to September 22 presents visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography to the present day through 170 photographs as well as related drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and cameras used by Apollo 11 astronauts.
The accompanying Speedmaster, a new numbered edition timepiece has several special touches dedicated to The Met. The design is based on the first Omega in space, which was worn by astronaut Wally Schirra during the Mercury Sigma 7 mission in 1962.
Today’s updated version comes in a 39.7mm stainless steel case with a black anodized aluminum bezel and black varnished dial.
It houses the Omega calibre 1861, a descendent of the manual-winding movement that NASA’s Apollo astronauts took to the moon.
It has a red and white striped NATO strap, a nod to the Museum’s signature color, with The Met’s logo engraved on the loop, along with an additional leather strap.
The same logo is also engraved on the caseback, along with Omega’s Seahorse medallion.
The watch can be bought from The Met, or around the corner at Omega’s store on 5th Avenue.