Looking for an Omega Speedmaster alternative? There just happens to be a second watch worn on the moon.
By Amos Kwon
You don’t have to be an aficionado of NASA and space travel to understand the significance of the Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph. Having been strapped to the wrists of Apollo 11 crewmembers Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin in 1969, the Speedmaster became a legend. Aldrin’s Speedmaster ST105.012, interestingly enough, was the first watch to touch down on the Moon’s surface since Armstrong had left his on the lunar module as a backup timer. The Speedmaster is now easily one of the most recognizable timepieces in the horological world. Too bad for Rolex, Hamilton, and Longines, who submitted their models for space flight consideration and lost out to Omega.
The Speedmaster’s stainless steel case, matte black dial with triple-register chronograph subdials, domed Hésalite crystal, white sword hands, black tachymeter external bezel, and the polished and brushed bracelet come together for truly versatile wearability. The design of the dial, hands, and markers made it very legible, as well as fodder for its classic status. The watch’s crisp but sophisticated look can be recognized from a distance, and it has only become more respected and coveted over time.