A rare, distinctive and one-of-a-kind for the brand animation chronograph wristwatch of Omega, the famous Swiss watch brand, founded in 1848. Special edition launched in 2020, the present example purchased the same year. Case in stainless steel, diameter 42mm, blue high-tech zirconium ceramic with tachymeter scale, sapphire caseback with animation and branded ‘Naiad lock’ system. Matt silvered dial with blue PVD-coated applied hour markers and luminous hands, peripheral minute track, sunken blue sub-dials, embossed silver Snoopy medallion on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock. Caliber 3861, hand-wound, power reserve up to 50 hours, co-axial escapement, silicon hairspring, Metas master-chronometer certification, antimagnetic up to 15,000 Gauss. Functions – indication of time in hours and minutes, small seconds hand at 9 o’clock, chronograph with central seconds counter, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, animation scene on the caseback. Blue Omega nylon fabric strap, Omega stainless steel pin buckle.
The Omega Speedmaster is known as a moonwatch because it was used in the 1960s and 1970s by US astronauts on lunar missions. The release of the present watch is associated with the dramatic circumstances of the NASA Apollo 13 mission, when an emergency arose and the mission was in danger of disaster. It is known that the emergency return of the spacecraft to Earth was carried out using the chronographic function of the Omega Speedmaster watch. Therefore, following the successful return of the astronauts, in 1970 they presented Omega with a special Silver Snoopy Award in recognition of the brand’s contributions to space exploration, including on this mission.
The Omega Speedmaster ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ 50th Anniversary Ref. 310.32.42.50.02.001 would appear to be an attractive purchase for the collector and connoisseur of fine watchmaking due to its animation feature, unique and unexpectable for the brand, together with its status as the world famous moonwatch.
In 2020, Omega celebrated the 50th anniversary of the event with this special edition. Omega produces many special and limited editions commemorating the history of its collaboration with NASA; however, the present special edition is the only one of its kind. In addition to the particular execution and standard chronograph function, this watch is equipped with animation – for the first time in the history of the brand. The animation scene is located under the sapphire case back, where an image of the dark side of the moon has been depicted on the sapphire crystal using a micro-structured metallisation technique. An animated Snoopy in the Command and Service Module (CSM) rotates in the rhythm of the chronograph’s central seconds hand (with the chronograph function on), and an Earth disc rotates once per minute in sync with the watch’s small seconds hand.
Reasons to bid
The Omega Speedmaster ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ 50th Anniversary Ref. 310.32.42.50.02.001 would appear to be an attractive purchase for the collector and connoisseur of fine watchmaking due to its animation feature, unique and unexpectable for the brand, together with its status as the world famous moonwatch. The watch has a practical chronograph function, and a proven, reliable and legendary chronograph caliber, one of the best in its category. This is definitely a watch with a strong and distinctive character, and therefore it would also be an attractive daily wearer.