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					As the mission commander of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong was recognized as the first
human being to have ever walked in the moon. Buzz Aldrin was only second.
However, it was Aldrin who was wearing the first watch on the moon--Omega
Speedmaster.
  At the time when Americans succeeded in putting the USA flag in the moon, luxury
watch brand Omega was already appointed by NASA to create watches to be worn by
all American astronauts in their missions. The selection was not an easy process
though. The Omega Speedmaster went under a series of thorough experiments such as
being exposed to intense temperature, extreme humidity, shock, vacuum, corrosion,
acceleration, vibration, pressure, and noise. Only when the watch remained within the
permitted deviation of 5 seconds per day after the tests did NASA made Omega their
official timekeeper.
  Pulling off such feat was certainly not something that can be achieved by anybody,
although there were those who tried. In fact, there were four other watchmaking
companies shortlisted as candidates to be the official timekeeper.
  There were many considerations in creating a timepiece meant to be worn outside
earth. Omega was fully aware of these and was prepared to do whatever it took to
produce a watch that would go to infinity and beyond.
  One of the biggest challenges was the differences of atmospheric pressure between
earth and outer space. There was a high chance that the watch glass would blow up
once it is outside the planet. In order to hold up the pressure outer space, a clamp ring
was used to keep the glass of the Speedmaster in place. The actual glass was made
with enough thickness and elasticity to survive the varying temperature that may be
experienced all throughout the space flight.
  After the successful landing in the moon, Omega continued to produce Speedmaster
Professionals which were nothing but perfect companions to men of mission. To date,
there are about 118 space missions where Omega Speedmaster watches were worn
including the Apollo 13 and Apollo 15.
  On the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, Omega unveiled two
limited editions of the Speedmaster Professional--one in platinum and 18K yellow
gold and one in stainless steel. To commemorate the historical event, the design of the
limited editions included the words "one small step" on the dial, "the first watch worn
on the moon" in the caseback. The presentation box also contained a silver medal
engraved with "Apollo 11, 40th Anniversary" in the front and "The eagle has landed"
on the back. The brand's name and logo are also displayed in the medal. Certifications
and printed materials about the space flight are present in the box as well.
  To really go to infinity and beyond, Omega is currently facing another space-related
challenge--to finish a watch that can be used for the landing on Mars. The space
mission is said to take place by 2030. To us, it may seem that it is still a long way to
go and that the brand has plenty of time to come up with a watch that will withstand
the conditions on Mars. To Omega however, the time is just right for research, tests,
and perfection. Watch Buyers