Introducing the Omega Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary Watch Replica

Introducing the Omega Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary Watch Replica

 

This is the new Omega Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th anniversary watch replica 310.32.42.50.02.001, like the two previous limited editions, this watch pays tribute to NASA for the most successful and unsuccessful mission of all time: Apollo 13, which awarded Omega the Silver Snoopy Award. This new edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the award – presented on October 5, 1970 – and this watch boy knows how to celebrate.

Background

 

The Omega Speedmaster replica was part of the mandatory equipment for Apollo programme astronauts and was on the wrists of Apollo 13 crew members Lovell, Swigert and Haise. As all of you might know, the mission was interrupted before landing on the Moon following an explosion inside the service module. The crew was left with no other choice than to fix the situation with band-aid solutions and to use the lunar module and the attraction of the Moon as a way to return to Earth. The burn necessary for their return to Earth had to be calculated with absolute precision. Since most of the onboard equipment was jeopardised, the crew relied on their replica mechanical Speedmaster Professional watches to calculate elapsed times.

Jim Lovell, Apollo 13 Mission Commander, preparing for the launch, his Omega Speedmaster replica strapped around his flying suit.Fixing the problem…

Once the crew had returned safely to Earth, the vital role of the Speedmaster in the rescue mission was recognised by NASA with the Snoopy Award – a special honour awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success.

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The 2003 Omega Speedmaster Professional Snoopy replica Ref. 3578.51

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The 2015 Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award replica Ref. 311.32.42.30.04.003, for the 45th anniversary of the mission

Playing on this achievement, the brand unveiled two watches as a tribute to the Snoopy Award obtained on 5 October 1970. The first watch, reference 3578.51, was introduced as a 5,441 limited edition in 2003. Almost identical to the standard Moonwatch, it featured a Snoopy badge in the small seconds counter and on the caseback. The second model, introduced in 2015 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13, showed a white dial with several references to Snoopy, a 14-second track to remind the precise timing of the burn and a silver Snoopy badge on the caseback. This edition, reference 311.32.42.30.04.003 replica, was limited to 1,970 pieces.

The Dial

The dial of this Omega Speedmaster 42 mm watch imation is silver and laser-engraved with Ag925. It includes three more blue sub-dials – the sub-dial at nine o’clock featuring Snoopy appearing as an embossed silver medallion with the words “50th Anniversary” appearing overhead. This is the most direct homage the watch offers, as Snoopy is presented in the exact style of the silver pin that NASA astronauts present to award recipients. The watch also features blue PVD hour markers and hands. The caeback, however, is something completely new and completely cool. It features an animation of the moon, the earth, and Snoopy himself inside of a white Command and Service Module (CSM). As this is no ordinary caseback, there is some magic involved.
Omega has created what they are calling a “magic hand,” which allows Snoopy’s CSM to move. When the chronograph function is initiated, Snoopy and his ship travel around the far side of the moon – an homage to the trip taken by the Apollo 13 crew. The Earth disk rotates once per minute, in tandem with the watch’s small seconds hand to symbolize – quite literally – the rotation of the Earth. There is also the quote, “Eyes on the Stars,” included on the back.

The Case

This new model is based on the classic, iconic Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch replica, but with updated materials, new colours and special features to make this piece unique in the collection. The stainless steel case retains the classic Professional asymmetrical case, with a 42mm diameter. The watch is protected by a double-domed sapphire crystal. The external tachymeter bezel, a founding element of the Speedmaster in 1957, is made of blue ceramic with the scale in white enamel. And it features the dot-over-90, something that Speedmaster fans will appreciate.

The Caseback

On the case back are the moon, the earth, and white CSM (Command and Service Module) figures with Snoopy illustration inside. When the model’s chronograph function is activated, Snoopy and his capsule move towards the far side of the Moon – just like the Apollo 13 team did. The disk with the earth figure is connected to the small second hand of the movement and completes one full turn in one minute. In the meantime, thanks to the NAIAD lock system used on the case back, all illustrations on the back cover always stay in the upright position.

Powering this Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary replica watch is the recently introduced calibre 3861, an evolution of the iconic calibre 1861, now equipped with a co-axial escapement, boasting a 50h power reserve and meeting the ultra-demanding requirements of the Master Chronometer certification – including the 15,000-gauss magnetic resistance.

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The Strap

The watch is worn on a blue nylon fabric strap that matches the other blue elements. It is closed by a steel pin buckle and the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission is embossed on the lining.

The Basics

Brand: Omega
Model: Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary
Reference Number: 310.32.42.50.02.001 replica
Diameter: 42mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Silver
Indexes: Blue markers
Lume: Yes
Water Resistance: 50m
Strap/Bracelet: Nylon Strap
The Movement: Caliber 3861
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Diameter: 27mm
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Winding: Manual
Frequency: 21,600 VPH
Jewels: 26
Chronometer Certified: METAS-certified
Availability: Fall 2020
Price: $9,600

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