Omega’s latest iteration of their iconic Speedmaster timepiece poses the question – What could you do in 14 seconds? Unveiled at this year’s BaselWorld, the story behind the gorgeous watch links the Swiss brand to Apollo 13. The limited-edition Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award commemorates the 45th anniversary of the aborted lunar mission which nearly ended the lift of three NASA astronauts. The mission launched in April of 1970 and took a turn for the worse when an oxygen tank explosion severely limited the module’s electrical power and the crew only had 14 seconds to correct their course for re-entry into Earth. The crew used their Omega Speedmaster Professional timepieces to time their mid-course correction, and when they arrived back home, the team awarded Omega with the Silver Snoopy Award honoring their contribution.
Limited to 1970 pieces, the timepiece is powered by the same Caliber Omega 1861 manual-winding chronograph movement that was featured on the watch worn to the moon. It carries a 48-hour power reserve and a monochormatic dial with black-varnished dials, Super-LumiNova indexes & tachymeter scale, and a polished-black ceramic bezel. In its center, the quote from 1995-film “Apollo 13” failure is not an option is printed, while Snoopy looks at home inside a small-seconds sub-dial at its 9. On its case-back is a 925 silver Snoopy medallion [resembling the award pin] with a dark-blue enamel hand-sprinkled in silver powder around it. Scout Life. Sept 2015 $7,350