Omega Speedmaster is recognized in the world, the only watch that has ever landed on the moon. In 1969, the Omega Speedmaster made its first landing on the moon. Because it landed on the moon, Manual Speedmaster is also called ‘Moon Watch’. Manual Speedmaster has been continuously produced to this day. There is no interruption or generation in the middle. It has been sold in the market and the price is good. Many and many players have bought Manual Speedmaster. Everyone is familiar with manual speedmasters.
Omega Manual Speedmaster currently on the market.
Because of the history of manual supercars on the moon, there are many discussions and stories in manual supercars. For example, how was Omega Speedmaster selected to land on the moon? Which opponents have been eliminated from the test by Omega Speedmaster? Many players know that chronographs including Rolex took part in the test at that time. There were many stories in it, there were real parts and there were misinformation. So I will tell you today, why did the Omega Speedmaster land on the moon and other watches did not go up?
The story of NASA going to a watch store to buy a watch is false.
A story has previously been circulating that NASA wants to prepare for the moon landing and prepare a chronograph for astronauts. Just send someone to buy a watch at a watch store, buy back a variety of chronometers for testing. Various watch brands did not know about NASA’s purchase of watches. It was not until later that Omega knew that its Speedmaster had landed on the moon. This story is false.
Note that the astronaut is wrapped in a manual supercar on his left hand.
The truth is that, like other NASA procurement projects, there are also formal documents on the choice of lunar chronographs, formal requirements and time limits. It’s not like buying a watch at a watch store. According to the information, NASA issued a notice of watch demand to 10 watch brands that year, and requested that watches be delivered by October 24, 1964. Each brand provided 3 watches. In the end, four brands responded to NASA’s needs and sent watches. The four brands are Omega, Rolex, Longines and Hamilton. But Hamilton sent pocket watches, not watches, so they didn’t adopt them (Longines had a cooperative relationship with Wei Naou at that time, and Wei Naou had no popularity in China, so I just said Longines).
Omega submitted that year, this is the superpower on the map, the third generation manual superpower. Features stick-shaped hands and no crown shoulders.
The watch provided by Omega is a manual speedmaster chronograph, specifically 105.003, which is the third generation manual speedmaster. Features are stick-shaped hands and no crown guards (I wrote about the characteristics of each of the first 4 generations of Supercars, and interested people can check it out). Longines and Rolex sent chronographs using the valjoux 72 manual chronograph movement. Note that Rolex did not send Daytona.
Who can ‘live’ from the test will go to the moon.
In order to choose one from the watches submitted by Omega, Rolex and Longines, the moon. NASA designed a test to see Omega, Rolex, and Longines. Whoever survives the test will go to heaven. So some people bluntly said that this test is to ‘destroy these watches to death’.
Note that the watch worn by the astronauts is manual speeding.
I will briefly introduce the 11 test items:
1. High temperature test: The watch should be left for 48 hours in a 71-degree environment and 30 minutes in a 93-degree environment.
2. Low temperature test: The watch should stay in the environment of minus 18 degrees for 4 hours.
3. Temperature-pressure test: Under a certain pressure, the temperature drops from 71 degrees to minus 18 degrees, and then rises back to 71 degrees.
4. Humidity test: In 240 hours, under the environment with a humidity of at least 95%, the temperature changes between 20 degrees and 71 degrees.
5. Oxygen environment test: The watch is placed in a 100% oxygen environment. In addition to the performance of the conventional watch, the watch must also resist toxic gases, etc., and no toxic residues can be left.
6. Impact test: 40G impact in 6 directions, each lasting 11 milliseconds.
7. Acceleration test: acceleration from 1G to 7.25G.
8. Pressure loss test: In a vacuum environment, the watch has a temperature of 71 degrees for 90 minutes and a temperature of 93 degrees for 30 minutes.
9. High pressure test: The watch is placed under 1.6 standard atmospheric pressure.
10. Vibration test: Cycle the vibration in horizontal and vertical directions, and the average acceleration should reach at least 8.8G.
11, noise test: 30 minutes from 40 Hz to 10,000 Hz, test under 130 dB environment.
The fourth-generation manual speedmaster (left) and the third-generation manual speedmaster (right) differ in the professional English and crown shoulders on the dial.
As a result, only Omega ‘survived.’ According to the information, on March 1, 1965, the test ended, and only the Omega Speedmaster 105.003 completed all tests and obtained official certification. Rolex and Longines watches stopped running in some tests and failed all tests. According to information, Rolex chronographs stopped running during the humidity test; Rolex failed to pass the high temperature test. In the high-temperature test of Longines, the watch mirror deformed and fell off and failed the test. Omega Speedmaster is the most durable.
Manual Speedmaster currently on the market.
Omega Manual Speedmaster is one of the most worthy watches on the market.
One thing that Omega has done with conscience is to continue to produce manual supercars and maintain sufficient supply. The public price is very reasonable, and it can be said that the price is not high. From the launch of the Omega Manual Speedmaster to the last moon, until now, production has continued, with no breaks in the middle. The manual Speedmaster currently on the market is the descendant of the last Moon Speedmaster. The appearance of manual supercars on the market is the continuation of the fourth generation of manual supercars (the third generation on the moon), the crown shoulders are added, and the 1861 manual winding movement is used. Historically 1 to 4 generations of Omega Manual Speedmasters used 321 manual winding movements, from 1957 to 1968 (and Patek Philippe CH27 is essentially a movement), and later Omega began using 861/1861 movements, 861 / The 1861 movement uses cam-controlled chronograph functions and thickens the splint of the chronograph gear train. The reason is that the 861/1861 cam simplifies the structure, but is more durable than the cylindrical wheel of the 321 movement, and it is thicker and thicker. This configuration is still in use today. The public price is 30,000 or 40,000, and you can buy a manual timing movement of this level, except for Super Speed.
At present, the manual supercars on the market are more expensive than the solid bottom cover version.
The Omega manual Speedmaster currently on sale is only 35,600 yuan (42,000 for the bottom version). This manual watch has been famous on the moon and is world-renowned. It is really good. If you consider the discount, exchange rate, secondary market and other factors, the actual price is very ‘conscience in the industry’. I have recommended this watch manually many times. To be honest, even if you do n’t always own it, it is worth playing once.