Watches from Omega and Swatch, which were worn on the Moon, have now been made more accessible to the general public

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Image : Swatch – A total of 11 variations of the new Omega Swatch Speedmaster MoonSwatch have been created thus far. As part of the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission in 1962, the first astronaut to don an Omega chronograph watch in space was Walter Schirra of the United States Air Force. When Apollo 11 landed on the moon, astronauts wore an Omega Speedmaster Professional, one of the company’s timepieces. As a result, Omega and Swatch have collaborated to produce a more economical version of the watch.

In order to wear an Apollo astronaut’s watch, space aficionados must be prepared to fork out some money. A new or used Omega Speedmaster Professional will set you back at least $5,000, depending on the model and its condition. It is for this reason that the Omega Swatch Speedmaster MoonSwatch is not exactly an accessible item of space memorabilia.

While Omega is a well-known and highly regarded watch brand, it’s not every day that you see a company like the Swatch Group, which owns Tissot, Hamilton, Rado, and other high-quality watch brands like Swatch, creating an affordable and more accessible alternative to one of their most recognizable pieces..

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As a result, Swatch and Omega have collaborated on a total of 11 distinct Omega Swatch Speedmaster MoonSwatch models, each of which features a different face, color, and bespoke hands. In addition to the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter (and Saturn and Uranus and Neptune and Pluto), each watch features a different astronomical object from our Solar System.

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However, every replica was really made to look like an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, with 42 millimeters in diameter, 13.58 millimeters tall, and 20 millimeters in lug length: the exact measurements of the original. There are some differences between the MoonSwatch watches and the Omega Moonwatch.

Speedmaster and MoonSwatch designations are displayed on either side of the face of the watch. The MoonSwatch, on the other hand, is powered by a battery and an electronic quartz movement, unlike the Speedmaster Professional. For the MoonSwatch, Swatch’s BioCeramic material, a blend of ceramics and plastic generated from the castor plant, is used to make the casing, which is extremely durable and lightweight. Although it isn’t a high-end watch, it certainly looks like one.

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Rather than using a metal bracelet or leather strap, MoonSwatches come with a velcro band that astronauts would have used to fit the Omega Speedmaster Professional around their massive spacesuit wrists. (On a spacewalk, you can’t check the time by pulling up your sleeve.) The straps of the MoonSwatch are interchangeable, but because of the lower cost of the materials used, each one will only cost $260 instead of the usual $1,000 or more. A simple Casio or Timex watch is still a lot less expensive than this. If you’ve ever wished for an Omega Speedmaster Professional, they all look like a great and far more affordable alternative to the real thing.

It will be possible to purchase the Omega x Swatch Speedmaster MoonSwatch starting on March 26th, but only at certain Swatch boutiques across the world.