B efore sending objects into space, NASA performs extensive testing to ensure that anything aboard a space flight will withstand the rigors of unpredictable environments. In 1965, NASA sought to find a watch properly provisioned for human spaceflight.
Three watches were chosen to undergo months of testing. Omega is the only brand whose watch passed all ten tests, rendering the Speedmaster model as the official watch of NASA. The iconic watch has been bestowed upon the wrists of astronauts ever since, including all six lunar landings, fittingly dubbing it the “Moonwatch.”
In celebration of the first Omega watch landing on the moon in July 1969, Sotheby's will hold a dedicated Omega watch auction this summer in New York.
For decades, the Speedmaster has signified the kind of quality and reliability that has made it the only designated timepiece fit to wear on the moon. This dedicated Omega sale is an incredible way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event that defined a generation, while paying homage to the watch that helped NASA accomplish missions for over half a century.
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