Omega has just remade the first Speedmaster worn in space (so not technically a moon watch) and presented it at Baselworld 2012. This is a reissue of the watch astronaut Wally Schirra had on during the Mercury Atlas 8 mission in October 1962, which he bought for himself. This year is the 50th anniversary of that mission, hence the Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” limited edition (ref. 3188.8.131.52.01.001). Mr Schirra’s watch was a mere Speedmaster, as it came before “Professional” was added to the Speedmaster moniker. That happened in 1966 after NASA officially selected the Speedmaster as its space watch.
The movement is the classic Lemania 1861 chronograph movement used in generations of Speedmasters. And the case is 39.7 mm with a domed sapphire crystal, fitted with a brown leather strap. Overall a faithful remake though there are minor aesthetic differences like the shape of the Omega logo on the dial. And of course the original had the desirable column wheel Lemania 321 movement. Speedmaster fanatics will be able to point out more I am sure. – SJX
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