In 1970, OMEGA received the prestigious “Silver Snoopy Award” from the astronauts at NASA. The prize recognised OMEGA’s unique contributions to space exploration, as well as the Speedmaster’s role in saving Apollo 13. Now, 50 years later, a special timepiece has been created in the occasion’s honour.
“Snoopy was chosen as NASA’s mascot in the 1960s, to act as a safety watchdog during space flight missions.”
Model: Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary (ref. 310.32.42.50.02.001)
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Case Material: Stainless steel with ceramic tachymeter bezel insert, Ag925 silver dial
Movement: Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861Frequency: 21,000 VpH
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Coated nylon fabric with contrast stitching
Price & Availability: $9,600 USD, October 2020
THE SILVER DIAL
The silver dial is laser-engraved with Ag925, and features our favorite beagle as an embossed silver medallion on the blue subdial at 9 o’clock. He is shown wearing his famous spacesuit, in the exact style of the famous Silver Snoopy Award pin.
DOT OVER NINETY
The legendary tachymeter scale is shown in white enamel on a blue ceramic [ZrO2] bezel ring, and includes a nod to Speedmaster history with a dot over ninety. The colour theme continues on the silver dial with blue PVD angle-shaped hour markers and hands.
The NAIAD LOCK keeps all caseback engravings in the correct, upright position, including tributes to Apollo 13 and the Silver Snoopy Award. OMEGA received the prize sevens months after the Speedmaster helped to rescue the Apollo 13 crew.
The watch’s blue nylon fabric strap matches the other blue elements of the watch, and even features the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission embossed on the lining. This includes their famous slingshot around the far side of the moon.
“The iconic quote, ‘Eyes on the Stars’, is included within the black universe on the caseback.”
SNOOPY IN ORBIT
On the caseback, Snoopy appears inside his Command and Service Module (CSM) on a magical hand. When the chronograph seconds hand is used, Snoopy takes a trip around the far side of the moon, which has been decorated on the sapphire crystal using a unique micro-structured metallisation. There is also an Earth disc, which rotates once per minute in sync with the watch’s small seconds hand.
Powering the watch is the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 – the most recent update of the legendary Moonwatch movement. It took 4 years to produce a calibre that could achieve Master Chronometer certification, while also matching the dimensions of the previous Moonwatch movement – the 1861.
- 50 HOURS POWER RESERVE
- And when the chronograph is running, Snoopy actually orbits the caseback — his capsule is visible for exactly 14 seconds above the periphery of the moon before disappearing behind the gray surface, thanks a mechanical hand that’s cleverly hidden behind the moon motif. It’s a particularly neat detail that ties in the animated side of the legendary Charles Schulz comic Peanuts, while also maintaining a strong connection to the role of the Speedmaster in the ill-fated Apollo 13 moon mission without all the expository dialogue we saw on the dial of the 45th Anniversary edition. To wit, it read: “What could you do in 14 seconds?” in the first 14 seconds of the chronograph sweep as a nod to the 14 seconds that the Apollo 13 crew timed with their Speedmaster watches to course-correct after an oxygen tank on the service module exploded en route to the moon.
All OMEGA watches are delivered with a 5-year warranty that covers the repair of any material or manufacturing defects. Please refer to the operating instructions for specific information about the warranty conditions and restrictions.