Formerly known as the La Generale Watch Co., Louis Brandt founded it in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1848. In 1903, they renamed their company Omega until 1982, when they officially changed their name to Omega SA. They are today part of the Swiss Swatch Group. The Omega Speedmaster Professional was made famous for its six lunar missions. NASA in 1964 sent out letters to 10 watch brands, asking them to send in a Chronograph. Only four brands responded to NASA’s request: Rolex, Longines-Wittnauer, Hamilton, and Omega; comically, Hamilton sent in a pocket watch. Having all the specific requirements to achieve precise measurements, Omega tested with the many manned flights.
Omega’s first adventure into space began with the Speedmaster ref. CK 2998, worn by astronaut Walter Schirra during the 'Sigma 7' mission of the famous Mercury Programme in 1962. Schirra had purchased it himself, unaware of the impact this watch would have on NASA astronauts. After hours of testing, the Speedmaster was certified by NASA for all manned missions just two and a half years later. Fifty years on to celebrate this incredible achievement of man and machine, Omega released the 3188.8.131.52.01.001 in 2012 and was in production until the end of 2020.
Our 2021 Omega Speedmaster "First Omega in Space" FOIS. Paying tribute to the original, it has a 39.7mm asymmetric stainless steel case. Twisted tapered lugs provide a comfortable fit on your wrist. A lug to lug length of 47mm and a thickness of 13.5mm gives the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side, we have the prominent pushers and a signed crown. A brushed stainless steel bezel has the Tachymeter scale engraved into it and painted black. Domed sapphire crystal sits above a textured black dial. The applied batons have been coated in Super-LumiNova. The three registers are slightly recessed. At 3 o’clock 30 minutes, at 6 o’clock 12 hours and finally at 9 o’clock small seconds. Steel “Alpha” hands with an infill of Super-LumiNova. Text is the same as the original without the word “Professional''. An applied Omega logo sits at 12 o’clock. On the reverse, an engraved Hippocampus and the “First Omega In Space” and “OCTOBER 3, 1962”. On the outer edge, a “Number Edition” is engraved into it. Inside a Manually Wound Omega Cal. 1861, 18 Jewels, hand-wound Chronograph beating at 21,600 bph. It has a Rhodium-plated finish. As a manual wound movement, it is the direct descendant of the original moon watch that used the Cal. 361 movement. The watch comes fitted on its Omega 19mm dark brown calfskin strap with a signed buckle and comes with its Omega wooden presentation box and papers.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Omega box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Omega leather strap with a signed buckle. The watch is from January 2021 and is sold in worn condition, but likely only worn a handful of times. The watch comes with its original Manufacturer Warranty.