The 14-second burn of the thrusters on the Apollo 13, timed by the Speedmaster is a story that Omega has told perhaps one too many times. But looking at just how gorgeous the latest Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary is, we really didn’t mind them telling that same story one more time. So here goes.
The Apollo 13 mission was a failed moon landing mission. Two days into the journey, equipment aboard the craft malfunctioned forcing the crew to abandon the lunar landing and even made it challenging for them to return back to Earth. With the electronic equipment not functioning properly, the astronauts had to use the NASA-approved Speedmaster to time a 14-second burn of the thrusters to manually adjust the course of the craft. Acknowledging the role that the watch played in the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew, Omega and the Speedmaster was presented with the Silver Snoopy, an award for outstanding achievements related to flight safety.
Celebrating 50 years since that momentous event, Omega offers up this stunning Speedmaster, with blue accents all around and the Silver Snoopy embossed in silver within one of the subdials. Following the fact that the award is a lapel pin made from sterling silver, Omega has also decided to use this material not just for their little Snoopy but also for the dial. They make this known with Ag925 laser engraved as well. The blue indices are PVD coated while the bezel is blue ceramic with white enamel.
The 42mm case design is inspired by the 4th generation Speedmaster, the very same watch that was on the moon. And for the hardcore Speedmaster enthusiasts, Omega also made sure that the bezel was made with the “dot over ninety” on the bezel, which was how the Tachymetre scale was designed at the time.
The caseback of this watch is where it gets more interesting, and it does this without even revealing the movement underneath. At a quick glance, you’ll see a detailed depiction of the moon done with micro-structured metallisation, the Earth beyond that, and also Snoopy in a little spaceship. What you don’t see in the images is the fact that the Earth is constantly rotating in time with the seconds hand and when you start the chronograph Snoopy’s craft will rotate around the caseback, even disappearing behind the moon! How cool is that?!
If you are a fan of the relationship between the Omega Speedmaster and space, you probably don’t need more convincing to pick this piece up. But if you must know, the watch is powered by the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 which is the latest iteration of Omega’s chronograph movement.
The Omega Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary is priced at MYR 36,600 or USD 9,600 and is not a limited edition model.