Photo Gallery: Omega Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Speedmaster With a Spread of Historic References

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Last night, Omega hosted an event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Speedmaster in New York City. It was largely a showcase of this year’s Speedmaster novelties, including the 1957 Trilogy Collection, but there were some added treats, too. The special guest of the evening was Lieutenant General  Thomas Patten “Tom” Stafford. Stafford has had an illustrious career. He flew aboard two Gemini flights, and in 1969 he was Commander of the Apollo 10 mission. Also of note was his role as Commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Flight in 1975, which was the first joint American/Soviet space mission.

Speakers aside, we were also treated to a small selection of historic Speedmasters. While the spread wasn’t quite as impressive as the one we saw at Baselword earlier this year, it was still awesome see so many iconic watches in one place not hidden behind glass. It took a lot of self-restraint not to put one on.

Below, we’ve put together a small gallery of some of the watches that were present. No shame if these leave you drooling.

Speedmaster “First Generation” ref. 2915 – 1957

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Speedmaster “Second Generation; First Omega In Space” ref. 2998 – 1959
Speedmaster “Third-Generation; Qualified by NASA” ref. 1005.003 – circa. 1963/64
Speedmaster “Fourth Generation; First Moonwatch” ref. 105.012 – circa 1964/65

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Speedmaster “Apollo 11 Commemorative Edition” ref. 145.022 – 1969
Speedmaster 125 – 1973
Speedmaster Speedsonic “Lobster” – 1974

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Speedmaster Apollo-Soyuz ref. 145.002 – 1976
Speedmaster X-33 “Mars Watch” – 1998
While not a historic reference, the “Speedy Tuesday” limited edition was fun to check out in the metal.

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Ilya is Worn & Wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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