A Snoopy-adorned Omega?
by Guillaume V - 03/06/2015
Some of you may wonder why Omega adorned one their latest models with Snoopy. Well, it’s time to shed some light on the ties between the famous dog created by and the equally famous Moonwatch. We will also tell you more about the new Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award.
Everyone knows that on July 21th, 1969 at 2:56am UTC, the astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. A little known fact, though, is that one of his two team members, Buzz Aldrin, followed suit 15 minutes later and that on this day, he was wearing an Omega Speedmaster – the very first timepiece to be worn on the moon.
The American astronauts of the April 1970 Apollo 13 mission were also wearing Omega Speedmasters. Following a series of incidents and the failure of their flight instruments, the Speedmaster played a vital part by helping the astronauts to exactly measure the ignition duration of the capsule’s engines – 14 seconds – so that they could modify their trajectory while saving enough energy to land safe and sound on Earth. For having provided the watch which saved the lives of the team members, Omega got the highest distinction offered to NASA’s external suppliers: the Snoopy Award.
After the launch of the Speedmaster Professional Snoopy Edition in 2003, the Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award – introduced this year at Baselword – celebrates once again the rescue of the Apollo 13 mission.
This new model features a white dial on which, on the 9 o’clock meter, a luminescent Snoopy lying down saying “FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION”. The dial also features a 14-second scale starting at 0 and bearing the inscription “WHAT COULD YOU DO IN 14 SECONDS?” Inscriptions and indexes are black which reminds of the Peanuts cartoons – printed in black and white in newspapers.
The bezel and the case back are also unique. The bezel looks like that of the original model but, this time, it is made of black ceramic and features a luminescent tachymeter scale. As for the case back, the watch is adorned with a magnificent silver Snoopy under protective sapphire glass, framed with blue, silver hand-dusted enamel. Thus, Snoopy seems like he is floating in outer space. When it comes to the motor, this timepiece got the famous 1861 caliber: a manual winding chronograph already present in the legendary Moonwatch.
This timepiece comes in a unique case containing an authenticity certificate, a silver Snoopy pin and a diary featuring anecdotes and unpublished information about the Apollo 13 mission and about the links between Snoopy and NASA.
The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award will become available as a limited edition (1970 copies) from September 2015. However, a world exclusive presentation will be held at Colette, Paris between July 12th and July 18th, 2015.