A time to reflect on the Omega replica watches Speedmaster’s long relationship with NASA, and the unforgettable Apollo 13 mission


On October 5th 2015, OMEGA marked 45 years since NASA awarded it the prestigious “Silver Snoopy Award” in 1970. To mark the occasion, a Q&A session was held, along with a special evening event in a large-scale hanger in Tokyo. Apollo 13 Captain James Lovell, actor Yosuke Eguchi and astronaut Naoko Yamazaki were all invited, together with more than 200 guests.

Mr. Stephen Urquhart, President of OMEGA, greeted the guests. “I feel very happy to hold this special event in these amazing surroundings. The fact that the Apollo 13 crew safely returned to Earth and cheap OMEGA replica contributed to that in a big way, I think it will be remembered even in 100 years.

After an unexpected explosion, the Apollo 13 moon landing was rendered impossible and furthermore the return trip to the Earth was even more precarious. In fact, the Speedmaster played a major role in helping the Apollo 13 crew return safely when the on board instruments were shut down to save power. This invaluable support prompted NASA to award OMEGA the Silver Snoopy Award, which is the highest non-governmental honour that can be received via NASA.

Replica Omega Speedmaster

Commenting on the mission, Lovell said, “It was, in fact, the Replica Omega Speedmaster watch that played a major role in helping the Apollo 13 crew return safely to Earth when our onboard instruments were shut down to save power. I’m proud that we and the Speedmaster could turn the crisis into a successful return.”

Earlier in the day, Captain James Lovell also spoke at the NICOLAS G. HAYEK CENTRE in Ginza, where he talked about Apollo 13, as well as sharing his most memorable experiences. “One of the most significant sights we saw, that has perhaps left the greatest impression, was not the Moon, but the Earth. With just my thumb putting up against the window, I can completely hide the earth. And I realized that time looking at the Earth and seeing the surrounding environment, the moon, the sun, our solar system, I thought to myself how small we are and how very lucky we are.”

Replica Omega Speedmaster

Known as “The Moon Omega replica watches“, the Replica OMEGA Speedmaster has travelled in unison with the most courageous and spirited astronauts in history. After surviving rigorous and extreme testing, the Speedmaster was declared “Flight Qualified” in 1965 for all manned-missions. Since then, it has accompanied astronauts on all of NASA’s six lunar landings, cementing an indestructible bond between it and space exploration.

Omega replica announces new certification for watches

The new certification, known as the Master Co-Axial Certification will be applied to nice Omega replica watches produced by Omega by mid-2015.

Historically, the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) is the de facto standard certification for watches. This certification involves very specific measurements, particularly timing of the rate of the movements.

One of the criticisms of COSC has been that the tests done seeks to bear absolutely no relation to a simulation of Replica Omega Seamaster watch behaviour and performance when worn. And as a result of this aim, the movements are not cased while being subject to the battery of tests. Another criticism, is that the parameters are easily met by almost all modern, well designed and manufactured movements.

Replica Omega announces new certification for watches

Many other bodies have attempted to improve on the certification process. One of the most rigorous that we know of is the one done by the Qualité Fleurier certification. And yet others are the Bulletin d’Observertoire offered by various labs in France, Germany, England and Switzerland.

It is with interest that the Omega has now announced a new certification. To be known as the Master Co-Axial Certification, it is a collaborative project between the Swatch Group’s Replica Omega and Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The press release goes on to describe the conference.

As of now,  it is still unclear what the details of this new testing standard involves. We understand, the certification will test watches, now cased and not just movements. And the watches will be exposed to 15,000 Gauss of magnetism before the tests are performed. Amongst the stated improvements include a more vigorous timing requirement of 0 to +5s a day, autonomy tests against stated autonomy and water resistance tests will also be part of the standard.

Is this just another attempt by a company to elevate itself into a class of one? This is not uncommon in the wine industry, the cheese industry. The use these terrior classifications quite normal as a definition of quality. For example, the designation “Champagne” can only be applied to sparkling wines made in the Champagne Region in France.

Some keen industry observers have remarked that we have also seen this restrictive, terrior style classification in the Patek Philippe Seal. Is Omega attempting the same? Or is it a genuine attempt by Omega, and its parent the Swatch Group, one of the industry’s largest, to push forward with a new standard of testing discount Omega replica watches and ultimately update or replace COSC. We await to see.

How Snoopy Ended Up on an Replica Omega Speedmaster Dial

It is no secret that besides blogging about watches, I also love to collect watches — especially iconic watches like Replica Omega Speedmaster Professional. I own several of the last model. Ever since I bought my first Speedmaster I have been hooked on this mens Omega replica watches. Not only do I love the design of this chronograph (one of the most clean chronograph dials around); I also like its connection to the Apollo space program.

As you know, Omega has produced quite a few limited editions based on the original Speedmaster Professional. Some like these limited editions, others don’t. However, the fact is that some of these limited editions do appreciate in market value quite well after a few years. One of these models is the Omega Speedmaster Professional “Snoopy Award.” My professional career started around the time this model was introduced (2003), so it was only a lack of funds that prevented me from buying Speedmaster Snoopy back then. Ever since, I have longed for one, but also noticed that over the years they became increasingly difficult to find, at least for a reasonable price. Last year, I decided to go for it despite the high price (compared to that of a standard Omega Speedmaster Professional). I justified the purchase by telling myself that the longer I’d wait, the more expensive it would get, anyway, right? You can read about the efforts I made to obtain the Speedmaster Snoopy here. After showing my precious new Speedmaster Professional with a Snoopy (turned into an astronaut) to some people, a number of them asked why I wanted a cartoon character on the dial of my authentic Omega replica watches. I was already aware that many people had this perception of the Speedmaster with the Snoopy dial, also given the fact that it was initially sold to a lot of women (women seem to love Snoopy a lot).

Replica Omega Speedmaster Snoopy dial - angle

If you are a Speedmaster aficionado as well, and you know a thing or two about the Apollo missions, you probably are already familiar with the use of Snoopy by NASA. In 1968, NASA chose the famous beagle as an icon to act as a sort of “watchdog” over its missions. In the same year, NASA decided to use a sterling silver Snoopy pin as a sign of appreciation to NASA employees and contractors together with a commendation letter and a signed framed Snoopy certificate. Each of the sterling silver Snoopy label pins has been flown during a NASA mission. Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, who created the “Peanuts” comic strip (featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown) was a supporter of the NASA Apollo missions and agreed to let them use “Snoopy the astronaut” at no cost and even drew the Snoopy figure for the sterling silver label pin.

Silver Snoopy Award - pin


In May 1969, the Apollo 10 mission flew to the moon to do the final checks in order for the following mission, Apollo 11, to land on the Moon. The Apollo 10 mission required the LM (lunar module) to check the moon’s surface from nearby and “snoop around” to find a landing site for Apollo 11. Because of this, the Apollo 10 crew (Gene Cernan, John Young and Thomas Stafford) named the LM “Snoopy.” The Apollo CM (command module) was nicknamed “Charlie Brown.” Fast-forward to 1970. In the interim, humans had set foot on the moon and, about one year later, the Apollo 13 mission was meant to bring another team of NASA astronauts to the Moon (Lovell, Swigert and Haise). The mission’s objective was to explorer a certain area on the moon called the Fra Mauro formation. It didn’t get that far, as there was an explosion on board the service module at approximately 200,000 miles distance from Earth.

NASA’s ground control came up with a solution in the end, which required the astronauts to get creative with some materials on board their module. After fixes were made and all systems worked (more or less) again, the crew started their journey to Earth. This is the really quick version of the story of course; the entire adventure is depicted in the 1995 movie, Apollo 13, starringTom Hanks (an avid Speedmaster wearer himself, probably becoming one after his role in this movie). Now comes the part where the Speedmaster played an important role. The Apollo 13 crew needed the Omega Replica Speedmaster watch, first to time ignition of the rockets to shorten the estimated length of the return to Earth, and secondly, to time the ignition of the rockets to decrease speed and raise the flight path angle for re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. This second operation was crucial, since any mistake in the timing could have led to an incorrect entry angle and, as a result, potential disaster for the crew. As explained before, NASA used the Snoopy award for special contributions and outstanding efforts from both NASA personnel and contractors. On October 5th, 1970, NASA gave the Omega Speedmaster a Snoopy award to acknowledge the crucial role the watch played during the Apollo 13 mission.

Silver Snoopy Award - frontIn 2003, Omega introduced the Speedmaster Professional “Snoopy Award” to commemorate this 1970 milestone. Although the Swiss Omega replica watches was a limited (and numbered) edition, Omega produced a whopping 5,441 pieces of the Speedmaster Snoopy. The number has to do with the 142 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds that the mission lasted. A bit of a stretch, in my opinion, but a nice idea. Omega’s reason for introducing this watch 33 years after the Apollo 13 mission, and being awarded with the Snoopy, is unknown to me. Based on the brand’s other limited editions, I would have expected such a release on a 30th or perhaps 35th anniversary rather than a 33rd. Despite the relative high number of Snoopy Speedmasters out there, you’ll have to search to find one at a decent price. Also, beware of Snoopy Speedmasters that had the dial and caseback fitted later on (Omega delivered them to service centers as spare parts). Always make sure you buy a Speedmaster Snoopy with the original anthracite (Snoopy) box, certificate of authenticity (with matching number on the caseback). There should also be a copy of the original Snoopy appreciation certificate with the watch.

Silver Snoopy Award - caseback

So now you know. When there is a Snoopy on an Replica Omega Speedmaster dial, it actually means something. In the end, of course, one need not be versed in all this history to purchase and appreciate this gold Omega replica watches; one may just be a fan of Snoopy.

Silver Snoopy Award - caseback - caseback CU

Introducing the Replica Omega Speedmaster “First Omega in Space”

The Replica Omega Speedmaster was launched in 1957, and it is still widely considered as one of the most iconic chronographs in the world of horology. This is no surprise, considering its association with NASA and the various space missions that it has partaken in. 

Introducing the Replica Omega Speedmaster “First Omega in Space”

While the Replica Omega Speedmaster was officially flight qualified by NASA in 1965, its affiliation with outer space was forged two and a half years prior to that. Back then, in 1962, an astronaut named Walter “Wally” Schirra had worn his personal Speedmaster during the “Sigma 7” mission of the Mercury program.

In order to pay homage to this special milestone, cheap fake Omega watches has decided to create a Speedmaster that was inspired by the “pre-Professional” Speedmaster (Reference CK 2998) that Schirra had worn during the mission in 1962.

The Replica Omega Speedmaster "First Omega in Space".


While the watch was inspired by the “Pre-Professional” model, but there are some conspicuous differences between these two watches. One of the greatest differences would be the case, in which the Omega Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” features an 18k Sedna Gold case. The use of the 18k Sedna Gold also goes beyond the casing, as it includes the bezel, indices, as well as the hands of the watch as well. We thought that the combination of the Sedna Gold, together with the chocolate brown bezel, works incredibly well.

Next, the “First Omega in Space” features an opaline silver dial, instead of the usual matte black dial. The chocolate brown color that is featured in the bezel can also be found on the sub-dials, as well as the minute track on the watch dial. The combination provides a nice contrast for the Replica Omega Hour Vision watch, which makes it look aesthetically pleasing. Also, do note that the word “Professional” is omitted on this timepiece. The latter was only included in 1965, after NASA had officially certified it for all manned missions.

Finally, there are some special engravings that can be found on the caseback. While the “First Omega in Space” follows the use of the Seamaster emblem on the caseback, but the homage version also includes special engravings such as “THE FIRST OMEGA IN SPACE”, “OCTOBER 3, 1962′, and “NUMBERED EDITION No.”.

The "Moonwatch". Notice the inclusion of the word "Professional" on this one.

The watch, as per the other Speedmaster Professionals, is fitted with the ever-reliable Caliber 1861. The Omega replica watches for women also comes with a matching brown leather strap with beige stitching.

Like most Speedmaster fans, we thought that this is a nice addition to the Speedmaster family. However, this is produced in very limited quantity, so we would recommend grabbing this timepiece immediately if one is a die-hard fan of this collection. We reckon that this is going to be one of the more highly sought-after Speedmasters in the future.