It’s another year and another opportunity for Omega to benefit from its association with the Apollo space missions of yore. This year marks the 50 years since Omega received the Silver Snoopy Award from the astronauts at NASA in recognition of the brand’s services in the space program. To mark this occasion, Omega has released a new Speemdaster that features the famous cartoon beagle on the dial. This is the third time Snoopy has appeared on a Speedmaster dial. Meet the new Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary.
Apart from being worn by astronauts on moon missions, the Speedmaster famously helped the crew of Apollo 13 time a tricky 14-second maneuver that proved critical in returning the crew back to earth in 1970. The watch uses a 42 mm stainless steel case, like the standard Moon Watch models. It has the same twisted lugs as seen on the fourth-generation Speedmaster models.
However, unlike the domed Hesalite crystal seen on the standard models, this special edition has a domed scratch‑resistant sapphire crystal with anti‑reflective treatment on both sides. It is also fitted with a blue ceramic bezel insert with a tachymeter scale with markings in white enamel, including the “Dot over Ninety” – a subtle detail that collectors of vintage Speedies will recognize, the dot over the 90 marking on the tachymeter bezel was a feature of pre-1970 Speedmasters.
The watch has a silver dial that’s been laser-engraved and a tri-compax layout with blue sub-dials. A spacesuit-wearing Snoopy (in the exact style of the Silver Snoopy Award pin) appears as an embossed silver medallion on the 9 o’ clock sub-dial.
The watch’s caseback is novel indeed – it shows Snoopy in a Command Service Module flying around the far side of the moon, the lunar surface is decorated using a micro-structured metallization. In the distance, the earth disc rotates once a minute, in sync with the watch’s running seconds hand at 9 o’ clock. The chronograph seconds hand is in sync with the hand that props up Snoopy’s Command Service Module – so when the chronograph is activated, Snoopy begins his journey around the moon.
The NAIAD LOCK keeps all caseback engravings in the correct, upright position, including the date in 1970 that Omega received the Silver Snoopy Award. The watch is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 3861. The METAS-certified movement has a power reserve of 50 hours and is resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. The watch is paired with a blue nylon fabric strap, the underside of which is embossed with the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission.
The watch comes in a Apollo 13 presentation box, with a microfiber cleaning cloth, a brochure, and a loupe. The watch is priced at $9,600.