10 moments in the Omega Speedmaster story

Felix Scholz takes a look at the story of the Speedmaster.

The number of watches that are reckoned — typically by some form of self-selection — as an 'icon' is legion. Though once you leave the realms of the watch aficionado and enter the real world, that number rapidly drops off to those, you can comfortably count on one hand. And, among that precious few proudly stands the Omega Speedmaster. And while the history of the Speedmaster is long and varied, its fame rests on a single pivotal moment in time, when it was worn on the wrists of the Apollo 11 astronauts and became, according to that famous caseback inscription; the first watch worn on the moon, or, more popularly, The Moonwatch.

It must be said that one could quite easily write a book on the Speedmaster and only just scratch the surface of the history and lore surrounding this distinguished watch (in fact, many have). Instead, this article will serve as a quick primer on the key touchpoints and important models throughout the Speedmaster's long history, from 1957 till today.

    01 - Speedmaster Origins



    While it was the moon that made the watch famous, the Speedmaster story predates its journey into space by a good few years. Not that it was initially intended for such extra-atmosphere explorations. In fact, Omega released the first generation Speedmaster — reference CK2915 — in 1957, alongside the brand's other two distinguished tool watches, the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster. The earliest incarnations of the Speedy (as it's affectionately referred to) was intended as a wrist-computer, where the stop-watch functionality combined with the tachymeter scale meant that the Speedmaster was designed as a purposeful tool, built with precision in mind, be that on the track, in the lab or the cockpit.


    Felix Scholz


    July 2020


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