During the private dinner reception, attended by Orlando notables such as Dick Nunis, former chairman of Walt Disney Attractions, OMEGA displayed a history ofSpeedmaster watches where several guests had their picture taken with Dr. Aldrin. In addition, Dr. Aldrin spoke about his partnership with OMEGA which has lasted more than 45 years. The legendary astronaut wore the OMEGA Speedmaster on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969 during the landmark Apollo 11 space mission. The OMEGA Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the moon. The Speedmaster had been the official watch of NASA’s manned flight program since 1965. Since then, Dr. Aldrin has worn a large collection of OMEGA watches including the OMEGA Seamaster Diver which he wears on his deep sea diving trips.
“I am reliving a lot of great memories tonight.” states Dr. Buzz Aldrin. “It is hard to believe that my long-time friend and colleague Neil Armstrong and I were launched into space for the Apollo 11 mission by a Saturn V rocket from this exact location 45 years ago.”
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th wristwatch commemorates the first lunar landing and celebrates its link to the iconic chronograph that was part of the adventure. Recalling the colours of the moon and the Apollo 11 lunar and command modules, this Limited Edition timepiece features a 42 mm completely brushed case with a touch of gold. The case is crafted from lightweight grade 2 titanium - a choice that was inspired by the troves of titanium ore that cover the Moon. This timepiece has been produced in an edition limited to 1,969 pieces; a number that reflects the significant year that the first humans walked on the Moon.
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OMEGA, the prestigious Swiss brand and member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer, was founded in 1848. For more than 166 years the brand has been synonymous with excellence, innovation and precision. Its Speedmaster was qualified by NASA in 1965 for use in all its manned space flights and has been part of every mission since, including all six lunar landings. In 1969, the Speedmaster Professional was given the nickname "The Moonwatch."
Faithful to its original pioneering spirit, OMEGA continues to make technical and watchmaking history with innovation in areas as diverse as sports timing, precision technology, and design – innovations that led to the conquest of the oceans' depths along with space. Most recently OMEGA became Main Partner of Solar Impulse, a project to circumnavigate the Earth with a solar-powered airplane. Along with capital support, OMEGA has provided some key technology to the project.
The brand also has an unparalleled presence in sports timekeeping. OMEGA has served as the Official Timekeeper for 26 Olympic Games and will again assume the responsibilities in Rio in 2016. OMEGA is also proud of its roster of brand ambassadors, which includes George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Cindy Crawford, Michael Phelps and Rory McIlroy among others.
Since its creation, OMEGA has been dedicated to innovation, record-setting precision, audacious design, pioneering spirit and a tradition of excellence in watchmaking. This tradition was further demonstrated in 1999 with the launch of the first movement equipped with the Co-Axial escapement. In 2007, its exclusive Co-Axial calibres changed the face of contemporary watchmaking and this year, the fully anti-magnetic Master Co-Axial calibres have redefined the potential of the mechanical watch movement
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