PERFECT TIMING: THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER CELEBRATES 60 YEARS AS THE GO-TO WATCH OF RACERS AND MOON WALKERS
Philadelphia (July 27, 2017) It became legendary as the Apollo 11 “Moonwatch,” but the Omega Speedmaster chronograph first marked time in 1957, measuring split seconds at more terrestrial locales: the roaring speedways of Daytona and Laguna Seca.
The story of how a Swiss luxury timepiece earned a historic place at American racetracks and launch pads is one of many nuggets of chronograph lore being shared by the experts at Govberg Jewelers, as Omega marks the Speedmaster’s 60th anniversary with a limited reissue.
“It was 1957, and speed was king,” said Govberg’s Tim Mosso, a contributor to the “Govberg On Time Spotlight” at the Govberwatches.com blog. “Enzo Ferrari, Ferdinand Porsche and Donald Healey were building these fantastic machines to go up against Americans such as Briggs Cunningham.”
“It was the golden age of road rallies and endurance racing,” he added. “Demand for split-second chronographs was strong.”