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The Pioneering Spirit Part 1
The Speedmaster Moonwatch “Alaska Project”
In the early 70s as NASA considered the practicality of exploring the dark side of the moon, Omega began to develop an outer case for the Speedmaster Professional which would withstand the extreme temperatures of space. The project however was not to advance beyond the development of a prototype as NASA then declared that the Speedmaster was perfect as it was and met all of the needs of the space agency. As a special commemorative to the pioneering work of the team, Omega has issued a limited edition of 1,970 pieces of the Speedmaster Moonwatch “ Alaska Project ”, named after the title of its’ specialist team.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch “Alaska Project” features a white dial which provides a particularly effective thermal reflection coefficient. The central chronograph seconds hand is bold red with the 30-minute recorder in the 3 o’clock position and the 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock have large triangular counterweights, the so-called “Apollo hands”.
Unique to the Speedmaster Moonwatch “Alaska Project” is the stunning, red-anodised aluminium outer case. The unusual colour, which is the result of anodic oxidation treatment (eloxage), was chosen because no other colour offered the same level of protection from temperature shock. The case safely encloses the watch, making it temperature resistant between -148° C and +260°C. That’s a range of more than 400 degrees while allowing full use of the chronograph function with the ingenious system of “mushroom” pushers.
Together with its’ special presentation box containing the red-anodised aluminium outer case and a set of tools, this remarkable timepiece is delivered with black and white Velcro straps on brushed red, anodised aluminium buckles in company with a stainless steel bracelet.
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