The Speedmasters history goes back to 1957 when it was introduced as a sports and racing chronograph. However, it got picked up by NASA and soon would be known as the ‘first watch worn on the moon’. NASA devised the most demanding tests with the aim of equipping astronauts with the most durable timepieces. The NASA tests were conducted from 1964 until 1965 and featured extremely high and low temperature-, vacuum-, humidity-, corrosion-, shock-resistance-, acceleration-, low pressure-, high pressure-, vibration- and sound tests. Rolex, Breitling and Longines belonged to the brands that were tested. However, Omega passed all the examination and was officially certified by NASA. The whole crew of the Apollo 11 wore a Speedmaster. However, a common misconception is that Armstrong was the first to set a foot on the moon with the Speedmaster where in fact it was actually Buzz Aldrin. Neil Armstrong decided to leave his Speedmaster on board of the spacecraft. Ever since, the Speedmaster Professional is the most popular Omega. The brand sticks with its winning formula since the contemporary look makes it difficult to distinguish between modern and vintage pieces. It’s left to some subtle differences. In our opinion, that is truly timeless.
Omega Speedmaster Professional 145.022-69 ‘Pre-Moon, Pulsation Scale’
The pulsation scale is a simple, yet very effective, tool to determine someone’s heart beat per minute. The pulsometer was designed for doctors in the pre-digital age. The mechanism is simple: start the chronograph function with the top pusher, count the beats until you reach the number for which the pulsation scale is calibrated (15 or 30) and directly stop the chronograph function with the bottom pusher and the bezel will indicate the frequency per minute.
The pulsometer or pulsograph was introduced in the 1920s. For Omega it started in 1959 with the launch of the Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 Pulsometer. This reference was in production until 1962 and then, got replaced. The Pulsometer we can offer you goes under reference 145.022-69 and dates back to 1970. It’s not strange that you would say out loud: “Huh? 1969 is the year of the moonlanding. So, how can this watch be a ‘Pre-Moon’?” Well, young padawan (the only space travel word we know), these watches were made before the moonlanding took place. Furthermore, Omega still had casebacks without the engraving ‘first watch worn on the moon’, so yes, there are even ‘Pre-Moons’ from after 1969. This watch is powered by the caliber 861. The watch has the iconic, asymmetrical case with the twisted lugs that were designed by the one and only Gerald Genta. The pulsation scale has a copper-brown colour and in our honest opinion, this is the coolest Speedmaster we have for offer right now.