Omega Speedmaster Solar Impulse HB-SIA Watch

His incredible attitude was echoed in the continued efforts to get to the moon, despite the tragedy. Apollo 7, launched in October of 1968, was the next manned Apollo mission, where a full orbital test of the command and service modules was undertaken. A mere two months later,, James ��Jim�� Lovell and William Anders to the moon and back again. The mission was originally intended to be a low Earth orbit test of the lunar module, which wasn��t ready in time. Instead of cancelling the mission, it was changed, bringing the launch forward and cutting the astronaut��s training by three months. It was the first time any human had seen the dark side of the moon.

The lunar module tests were finally started early 1969 during Apollo 9, where the second docking of two manned spacecrafts occurred, two months after the Russians had again beaten them to the first. Apollo 10 finalized the testing, with a so-close-you-could-touch-it lunar module flight that came within ten miles of the moon��s surface. Everything was set for Apollo 11, the replica breitling bentley flying b watches especially. And as it turned out, they would be needed to win the most epic race to have even been run.

At eighteen minutes past eight on July 20th, 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 11 set its feet upon the fine dust of the moon��s surface. But the landing was not without its problems: an important instrument had failed, and Neil Armstrong was required to use his replica breitling Bentley Mulliner in its place. That��s why, over six hours later, when he took his and the world��s first steps on the moon, he wasn��t wearing the Omega. He recounts the experience in the mission technical debrief:

Our mission timer was out, and we decided we had better leave one wristwatch inside in case it got damaged. We would have at least one working watch to back up the mission timer or to use in place of the mission timer, in case we could not get it going again.

Edwin ��Buzz�� Aldrin wore his Omega Speedmaster as he joined Armstrong on the lunar surface, making it the first watch ever worn on the moon. It was a tremendous achievement, especially so considering that the first man-made satellite was sent into orbit less than twelve years earlier. That short time was all it took for Omega to go from developing a watch it hoped would do well to being the creators of a piece of history.