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Speedy of the Week: 2013 #33

Omega Speedmaster First Omega n Space 311.

Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space 311.

This week’s Speedy of the Week is the Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space reference 311. The First Omega in Space numbered edition is based on the model that Walt Schirra wore during his Mercury Atlas 8 mission in October ’62, a reference 2998.

The 311. has a case that resembles the original 2915 and 2998 models – no crown guards! The result is a case with a width of 39.7mm instead of the regular 42mm. While a earlier model referring to the Speedmaster heritage, the 1957 Replica, featured a regular style case, this one does not – and it adds a whole lotta vintage charm!

The Alpha hands add to the vintage look – as does the raw calf leather strap in brown. We think it’s wonderful Omega chose to go with a regular pin buckle in favour of a folding clasp – it adds to the overall look and feel. However, it is fitted with a sapphire glass – this is the only thing we’d change on this otherwise perfect throwback Speedy!

Interested? It is available at Ace Jewelers – click this link for prices and buying information!

Picture: Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space

Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space 311.

Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space 311.

This has to be one of our favorite Speedmasters from the current collection – the First Omega in Space. At a glance, it could easily be mistaken for the 105.002 as worn by Walt Schirra during his Sigma 7 mission!

The Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space is a numbered edition – thus not limited, but it might not be available forever…

Buy at an Authorized Dealer: http://Ace.am/31132403001001

Press Release – Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” Numbered Edition chronograph

Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space 311.

Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space 311.

So much has been written about the rigorous testing that led to the OMEGA Speedmaster’s being the only watch qualified for every manned NASA mission that it is easy to forget that the very first OMEGA worn in Space was the Speedmaster that astronaut Wally Schirra wore during his Mercury Atlas 8 mission in October of 1962.

March 5th 2012 – read more below the gallery

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Speedmaster to orbit the earth, OMEGA has created the Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” in honour of Wally Schirra and his historic wristwatch.

The OMEGA Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” edition recalls the watch that Schirra bought at a jeweller in Houston more than half a century ago. Inside its 39.70 mm polished, brushed stainless steel case is the legendary manual-winding calibre 1861, which earned its reputation as the movement in the legendary OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch. There is a black aluminium bezel ring with a tachymetric scale.

Visible through its box-form, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is the classic varnished black dial that for 55 years has made the Speedmaster the world’s definitive chronograph: the 30-minute and 12-hour counters are located at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively and the small seconds sub-dial is at 9 o’clock. It has white transferred indexes; the hour markers and hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova.

The watch has a screw-in stainless steel caseback which is embossed with OMEGA’s original seahorse emblem, the words “THE FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE” and “OCTOBER 3, 1962”, the date of the Mercury Atlas 8 mission. The Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” is a numbered edition and its number is engraved on the caseback.

The OMEGA Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” chronograph is presented on a brown leather strap with beige stitching. The watch is water resistant to 5 bar / 50 metres/ 167 feet. This classic Speedmaster is a fitting way to celebrate the beginning of an adventure that would ultimately lead to six lunar landings and half a century of space exploration.

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