Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

This may not be your Dad's (or Grandad's) Speedmaster, but this new limited edition Omega Moonwatch is a direct reference to an event that previous generations will not soon forget. To commemorate the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13, Omega has announced a new and rather comical (sorry) tribute not only to the famously aborted Apollo mission, but also to the Silver Snoopy Award that NASA gave to Omega in 1970 for their work on the Apollo program. With a beautiful crisp white dial and a period-correct Cal 1861 inside, the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition watch is packed full of references to one of the most famous Apollo missions, the one that went wrong.

For those not aware, Snoopy, the dog from Charles Schulz's pop comic strip Peanuts, was co-opted by NASA as their safety mascot for the Apollo program. The Silver Snoopy award was given out by NASA to those who contributed towards the safety and success of the Apollo missions. In 1970, Omega was awarded the Silver Snoopy for their role in the Apollo program and this new Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition watch commemorates their role and the eventual safe return of the Apollo crew on April 17th, 1970.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

First, let's take a look at the Snoopys, of which there are two. The first is sleeping in the running seconds sub dial at nine o'clock (just as he is often depicted atop his dog house in the comic strip) - and he is even lumed. The second Snoopy is rendered in sterling silver and protected under a domed sapphire crystal on the case back. Similar in design to the pin provided with the Silver Snoopy award, this truly silver Snoopy is surrounded by blue enamel with hand-applied silver flakes. Omega has a proven flare for case backs, but this one is entirely something else, and for a special edition such as this, I love the attention detail.

Printed within a cartoon thought bubble emanating from the sleeping Snoopy's head is a quote from the 1995 Ron Howard film Apollo 13. "Failure is not an option" was a line delivered by Ed Harris as he played flight director Gene Kranz, the man charged with bringing Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Hasie back to planet earth.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Finally, the first 14 seconds on the dial are highlighted and flanked by text that reads "What could you do in 14 seconds?" This is a reference to a 14-second course correction that the Apollo 13 crew successfully timed and completed to correct their return trajectory after one of the two oxygen tanks on the service module exploded while the crew was headed to the moon, some 200,000 miles from earth. They actually timed this incredibly dire maneuver using Jack Swigert's Omega Speedmaster, an actuality that is both exceedingly cool and also pure marketing gold.

Aside from these nods to one of the most memorable moments of the Apollo program, the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition watch has a 42 mm wide steel case that is 14.8 mm thick. The recognizable black bezel is ceramic and boasts a luminous scale similar to that seen on last year's Light Side of The Moon. In a reversal of the iconic Moonwatch design, the dial is a crisp white with black hands and markers. The hands are lumed as normal, but take a closer look at the markers, which feature a black center with a luminous surround. The look is pure Speedmaster, but with a welcome twist.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

As an additional bid to tug at the heartstrings of collectors world-wide, the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition is powered by Omega's calibre 1861 hand-wound chronograph movement, the same movement that powered the watches used for Apollo 13. The 1861 is a 3Hz cam-actuated chronograph with a 48-hour power reserve.

Omega has made myriad limited edition Speedmasters over the years and has ensured that there is something out there for just about any taste. The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition watch will be limited to 1970 pieces which will come fitted to a black nylon strap and include decorative Silver Snoopy pins and a dedicated newspaper, all for 6,100 CHF (~US$6,100). With the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition, Omega has brought the whole Moonwatch ethos back to its roots and managed to design a noteworthy conversation piece for both watch and space enthusiasts. omegawatches.com

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What do you think?
  • I want it! (20)
  • I love it! (3)
  • Interesting (2)
  • Thumbs up (2)
  • Classy (1)
  • Ed Heliosz

    I can’t believe it, the Swiss with a sense of humour. Ever met a Swiss comedian?
    Nice watch though.

  • SN0WKRASH

    You had me at lumed Snoopy.

  • I_G

    I’m not sure I want to wear a watch with a lumed sleeping cartoon dog on the dial.

  • Mingson Say

    Speedmaster 57 or speedmaster snoopy? Hmm

  • captaina16

    At least it’s price is “not over the moon.”

  • Twinbarrel

    Would love it even more with a black dial

  • BasilofBakerStreet

    Hot damn that’s good looking.

  • SwissMatic

    Good grief that’s a great watch! Stop making me covet things, ABTW!

  • Astronuts

    Best cartoon dog on a dial.

  • There is a lot to like here in terms of updates, but too much that I don’t like and would keep me away. The lume effects are awesome (aside from snoopy) and I love the stark black and white effect. I don’t want all the text, the cartoon, or the childish caseback (I might make an exception there is the movement was visible and they did an etch on the crystal instead). Also, that strap is awful.

  • I’ll need to correct you on that one…

  • dahcd

    Omega has a long history of being a classic watch, i own several, but they
    need to get rid of the dog .

  • Ulysses31

    This is a very handsome watch, and since I like Snoopy, I wouldn’t mind owning this.  It’s more subtle than most character-themed watches, at least from the front.  The lume looks great too.  The strap looks like it would get grubby quickly and the Snoopy on the case-back looks deformed.  I’d rather not have that there.

  • nickyb66

    Fantastic, brilliant…a great tribute to Apollo 13.

  • DeltronZero

    snoop dog? 
    one Omega Dogfather please

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  • I_G

    DeltronZero yo dawg

  • mikeburdine

    I love this watch. I cant’t afford one, but I do love it dog and all.  Thanks for showing it to us.

  • iamcalledryan

    Love it.

  • JosephW

    I want this watch. Badly. The lumed Snoopy is just perfect.

  • bdekok

    I think the idea of using the word “Professional” and having a cartoon Snoopy are a little at odds with each other, but I don’t care.  I does pull at the heart, and I truly want one.

  • funkright1

    I’d buy it if it had a date window, but it doesn’t; at least not one I can see. I really need a date window… Maybe next time 🙁

  • egznyc

    So there’s a minor controversy regarding Snoopy on the dial. Why must we always be so serious when it comes to our dials? I have always liked that character (so I’m clearly biased). I like the playfulness of this watch, as well as the memories of the Apollo 13 mission (a “successful failure,” if ever there was one). Besides the astronauts, maybe Omega could provide one to Ron Howard.
    Yeah, not sure I’d want this Speedmaster if it were to be my only one. Not quite what I think of as the quintessential Speedy.

  • gerry_hamill

    aBlogtoWatch Very Nice!! ??????

  • OfficerBond

    noeleaton Now THAT, I really like!

  • noeleaton

    OfficerBond it’s amazing! I want one!

  • Time2Go

    Not crazy about the thought bubble on the dial (really because it just makes for too much text), and the Snoopy on the back does look a little odd/deformed (as previously mentioned).

    That said, I would HAPPILY own and wear this one.  The Snoopy connection is a bit odd, but meaningful and makes for an interesting talking point. The Snoopy on the dial is subtle and playful – I can handle that! Above all, though, is that dial….just gorgeous!

  • thegarageblog

    puzle I like that one – you know I’m not a watch guy, but I would wear that one!

  • It’s really nice of Omega to create a watch sporting Snoopy prominently on its dial so that I can give it to my pre-school godchildren!  As a grown up, I’ll stick to regular a Speedmaster so that the they will know what to aspore to when they grow up too.

  • Galvan

    This is my favorite watch so far from Baselworld 2015.
    I will definitely order one from the Tourbillon boutique. The design is so perfectly balanced that you can wear it any day and at any occasion. 

    Excellent Job Omega !!

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  • Simonpc1423

    Extract from Wikipedia for all the desenters.
    The choice of Snoopy makes sense — aside from his floppy-eared adorableness, Snoopy had a long history of dreaming of flight. Sure, he usually envisioned a biplane dogfighting the Red Baron, but add a fishbowl-helmet and he was ready for space. With his creator’s blessing, NASA would have an approachable, charismatic advocate for safety, like Smokey Bear but cuter.
    Commments regarding the back medallion are misguided also. The real pin was almost identical. At the time of the Apollo. 13 mission I was 7 years old. I considered myself a peanuts fan and still do. I am not a crusty sour faced business man but a person who likes the finer things in life but also likes to smile. I own 2 omega and love them and have a snoopy on confirmed reserve purchase. If I wanted to be stuffy and stuck up about everything perhaps I could have bought a Rolex!!
    I can’t wait to get hold of my watch in october

    • egznyc

      October is right around the corner. I hope you enjoy your Snoopy Speedy in good health!

    • Brian A

      I never liked buses….even in 4th grade I would walk to and from
      school. We lived in Santa Rosa at the time and once or twice a week a
      neighbors dog would run out and I’d play with it a while. The owner was
      nice and chatted with me now and again, or waved and said “Hi.” One hot
      afternoon he said I could put my feet in his pool (so long as I promised
      not to go in, of course) and I arrived home rather late.

      My mom asked where I had been. I said, “Playing with Charles’ dog”

      She asked, “Charles who?”

      I answered, “You know….in the yellow house up around the corner.”

      “Oh. You mean Mr. Schultz.”

      Years later, in my 30’s, I had a conversation with my mom and reminded her of that
      incident and said, “You know, I was thinking about it the other day and
      just realized I was actually playing with Snoopy.”

      “You JUST realized that? …… You really are sort of an idiot, aren’t you, Brian?”

      Ya. Pretty much.

      Hope it was a cool watch…