On the anniversary of history’s first moon landing, Buzz Aldrin spent time with Omega, reflecting on the hours, and the watch, that made history on July 21st, 1969.
The astronaut was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 11 when it touched down on the Sea of Tranquillity exactly 53 years ago. His first steps were a remarkable achievement for humanity – and also for the Omega Speedmaster Professional on his wrist – which at that moment, became the first watch worn on the moon.
As well as recalling images of that famous day, Omega also captured a new portrait of Buzz Aldrin wearing the Speedmaster 321 (Ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.001) – which houses the legendary calibre that powered every Speedmaster ever worn on the moon. From Apollo 11 right through to Apollo 17, the Calibre 321 was depended on by astronauts for its accuracy and reliability.
The Apollo 11 mission remains the most extraordinary highlight of OMEGA’s long heritage in space. It is an honour to commemorate that story today – and celebrate the inspirational accomplishments of Buzz Aldrin himself.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is the most famous chronograph on Earth and beyond, having been chosen by NASA in 1965 for all manned space missions. Since its earliest years, it has been a part of the greatest explorations of space, and most notably, became the first watch worn on the moon during the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969.
Today, the iconic Swiss watch collection features a range of choices in classic stainless steel or 18K gold. These can be worn on metal bracelets, leather straps or nylon fabric straps. The black or silvery dials are graced by a small seconds subdial, 30‑minute recorder, and 12‑hour recorder along with a central chronograph hand.
On the bezels, you’ll find the legendary tachymeter scale, which includes the famous “dot over 90” on some models, adding some vintage flair to the design.
Inside, the timepieces are powered by a movement descended from the OMEGA Calibre 321 that went to the moon. In many models, this is the manual‑winding OMEGA Calibre 3861, the latest Master Chronometer certified version.
All Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Collection