Easily some of the most visually satisfying watches released lately to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing are these Undone X Peanuts Space Program Lunar Mission watches are affordable and give customers an unprecedented level of customization options. Yes, there is the normal high-level of bespoke/customization work that Undone already offers, but with the Space Program Lunar Mission watches you also get over 21 character graphics to choose from in addition to the various cases, dials, hands, and straps.
Undone sent two of the limited edition Undone X Peanuts Space Program Lunar Mission watches to us but these don’t really represent the full assortment of options priced between just $315 USD and $480 USD. The collection of watches includes officially licensed Peanuts characters, but Undone didn’t also license the NASA name, which has been shown a good number of other watches. The 50th anniversary of the NASA Apollo 11 moon landing is a massive commercial opportunity, and NASA rather liberally licensed its name for a lot of use, especially in the watch world. Undone was very clever in highly suggesting a 50th anniversary of the moon landing theme without using and of the actual NASA names or imagery.
Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Undone X Peanuts Space Program Lunar Mission watches is how they look composed but don’t take themselves too seriously. Undone is very comfortable at this point using watch dials both as a means to indicate information but also as an artistic palette to play with characters, colors, and other composition themes. These timepieces range from very standard Undone Urban cases with some hip colors to the Undone X Peanuts Limited-Edition Snoopy Moon Heritage and Snoopy Starlight watches that you see pictured here.
For the Snoopy Moon Heritage and Snoopy Starlight watches, we see Undone clearly being inspired by the Omega Speedmaster and, of course, the few Omega Speedmaster Snoopy watches. Doesn’t Undone seem to make the dials much more fresh and fun than Omega ever did? The accessible price, as well as the focus on homaging and fun, probably helped the Undone design team feel confident for a more playful (yet still utilitarian) design for these “Astronaut Snoopy” watches. What you get with the higher price points in these limited-edition Snoopy space watches are new upgraded dials with attractive lume and applied hour markers on the Snoopy Moon Heritage watch. This latter model is the most Speedmaster-esque with the distinctive tachymeter bezel. Then again, I like that Undone didn’t try to pay homage to any particular Speedmaster watch but was rather seemingly inspired by a whole family of Speedmasters. (Note the different orientation of the chronograph subdials compared to the other versions.) These limited-edition watches also come with an additional elastic watch strap of the style that is popular with some collectors these days.
All of the Undone X Peanuts Space Program Lunar Mission watches come in the 40mm-wide Undone Urban case that contains a Seiko Instruments mecha-quartz chronograph movement and has a mineral crystal over the dial. The straps (20mm-wide) are of high quality and feature quick-release spring bars. This is good because Undone has no shortage of straps to offer that look attractive on these models.
I am starting to be a bit “over” the Seiko VK64 movements that Undone likes to use for these watches, but perhaps that is because my collection of Undone Urban watches is starting to grow and I want more diversity. For the money, it is a great movement, but I would have preferred a more traditional chronograph layout with a running seconds hand. This movement has a 60-minute chronograph along with a 24-hour indicator, which is basically for AM/PM indication. Legibility is very good overall, and as a timepiece, these otherwise fun and attractive pieces of wearable artwork rather well.
Undone continues to cater to a watch-enthusiast audience without the pretentiousness and price insanity of luxury brands. To be able to make serious watch collectors happy while also coming in at a reasonable price point is very hard to do. Undone is (in my opinion) among the very few in the world able to do it, and the result is something that any of us can pick up on once in a while, possibly get customized, and wear for years to come without ever worrying about what it cost or how it might go up or down in value. Honestly, who needs those headaches all the time when we simply want to wear something fun and spirited?
Undone created the Undone Snoopy Moon Heritage and Snoopy Starlight as limited editions of 300 pieces each and they will probably be sold out by the time you read this. Each has a retail price of $480 USD. The other Undone X Peanuts Lunar Mission watches are not limited editions and are priced from between $315 USD to $365 USD depending on the style and hardware. You can check them out on the Undone website here.