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Press Release: Omega Watches Land On-Screen in Universal Pictures’ First Man

OMEGA WATCHES LAND ON-SCREEN IN UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ FIRST MAN

Bienne, October 8, 2018

On October 12 in the USA, watch fans, space enthusiasts and astonished audiences alike will be able to spot OMEGA timepieces playing a true-life role within the story of Universal Pictures’ First Man.

Following their six-time Academy Award®-winning La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost – on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself – of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

OMEGA has an unrivalled legacy within space exploration and the team behind First Man has correctly placed the brand’s timepieces on the wrists of the Apollo astronauts and others.

Within its rapidly accelerating space programme in 1964, NASA went in search of one watch that it could qualify for all manned-missions. Many brands submitted their timepieces for the punishing tests, but only the OMEGA Speedmaster survived. As a result, it was declared “Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions” on the 1st of March, 1965.

From that moment, OMEGA was the only supplier of watches for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program. Its use in space has extended through the final Mercury Missions and the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs. The Speedmaster is still in use for space flight today and helps to keep track of time on the International Space Station.

Of course, as part of this history, the OMEGA Speedmaster became the first watch worn on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. For the production of First Man, OMEGA supplied period-correct Speedmasters and other watches of that era. The following model styles are featured in the movie:

OMEGA Speedmaster ST 105.003.

This timepiece is worn by Ryan Gosling during his character’s Apollo training at NASA. In real life, it would also have been the model that Project Gemini astronaut Ed White wore during the first American spacewalk on the 3rd of June, 1965.

[Ed. –  this looks like a new piece based on the FOIS rather than an actual vintage watch? That would make for a cool LTD with these hands and plexi glass!]

OMEGA Speedmaster ST 105.012.

This famous Moonwatch is worn by the actors portraying Apollo 11 astronauts during their historic mission and lunar landing.

OMEGA wristwatch CK 2605

A timepiece from 1954, this is the wristwatch worn on-screen by Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong during the global hero’s daily life.

OMEGA Stopwatch

A 1960s stopwatch used on-screen by the NASA engineers during training. Through the brand’s role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, OMEGA has an established and renowned history in sports and precision timekeeping devices.

New: Omega Speedmaster Professional Ultraman 311.12.42.30.01.001

A few moments ago Omega presented the second version of the Speedmaster Professional Ultraman. Inspired by the so-called Ultraman Speedmaster, an uncommon variation named after a Japanese television series, it features a striking orange second hand and various other unique features.

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Press Release: 1958 Omega Speedmaster Sells for World Record Price

26 October 262017 / Omega

A rare and very early OMEGA Speedmaster chronograph has been sold at Bukowskis Auction House in Stockholm for a price equivalent to $275,508 US dollars. This marks a new World Record for this particular Speedmaster model.

The stainless steel chronograph, with reference CK 2915-1, is a first generation Speedmaster from 1958 and is identified by its famous design, including a black dial with Broad Arrow hands, tachymeter scale on the bezel and sought-after calibre 321.

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Press Release: World Record for an Omega Speedmaster 2915-1

25 October 2017 / Bukowskis

FINAL PRICE OF 2 266 250 SEK

Bukowskis’ internationally noticed highlight, an untouched and never renovated Omega Speedmaster 2915-1, became today’s sensation with the incredible final price of 2 266 250 SEK. Bukowskis is proud to now hold the new world record for an Omega Speedmaster 2915-1 and the watch is the most expensive ever to be sold at Bukowskis.

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Press Release: Celebrating World Sight Day at Omega

12 October 2017 / Omega

Presley Gerber helps to launch a new Speedmaster 38 mm model in support of Orbis

To celebrate World Sight Day on October 12th, OMEGA has unveiled a specially created model from its new Speedmaster 38 mm collection that supports the brand’s partnership with Orbis International.

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