Giant Leap For Mankind: Omega Spotlights Buzz Aldrin, Who Wore The First Watch On The Moon

The “moon man” of the hour is none other than Buzz Aldrin.

During the anniversary of the world’s first moon landing, Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin has shared a moment of recognition with Omega. Here, he reflected on the hours—and the watch—that made history on July 21, 1969.

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Alongside his fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, Aldrin successfully met President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade ends.

Buzz Aldrin suited up

Aldrin particularly served as the lunar module pilot of the spaceflight mission when it safely landed on the Sea of Tranquility exactly 53 years ago.

Buzz Aldrin sporting his Omega watch

“His first steps were a remarkable achievement for humanity–and also for the Omega Speedmaster Professional on his wrist–which at that moment, became the first watch worn on the moon,” Omega celebrates.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Detail (Back)

The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer took a new portrait of Buzz Aldrin wearing the Speedmaster 321. This model houses the “legendary caliber that powered every Speedmaster ever worn on the moon.”

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Detail (Dial)

In fact, between the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions, astronauts used the Calibre 321 for its “accuracy and reliability.”

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Detail (Front)

“The Apollo 11 mission remains the most extraordinary highlight of Omega’s long heritage in space. It is an honor to commemorate that story today–and celebrate the inspirational accomplishments of Buzz Aldrin himself,” Omega concludes.

Photos courtesy of NASA and Omega

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