Introducing the OMEGA Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary Watch…
“The Speedmaster meant mission failure or success, because we didn’t have electrical power to turn on timers or computers. So all we had was just the watch. For so many seconds, they would thrust on that descent engine. It was OMEGA that got them back, and for that it was decided that they should receive a Silver Snoopy Award.” - Thomas Stafford
In 1970, OMEGA received the highly-coveted Silver Snoopy Award from the astronauts at NASA because of its outstanding contributions to space exploration and the OMEGA Speedmaster’s support during the rescue of Apollo 13.
Exactly 50 years to the day, iconic OMEGA has released the Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary watch and it mixes the much-loved OMEGA precision and expertise with a fun twist.
This new addition to the OMEGA family of exquisite watches is driven by the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861. It has 3 blue subdials, blue PVD angle-shaped hour markers and hands, and Snoopy is embossed in a silver medallion at the subdial at 9 o’clock.
Here, Snoopy is wearing his spacesuit in the same style as the pin that NASA astronauts give to recipients of the Snoopy Award. The dial itself is also made of silver and is laser-engraved with Ag925.
The caseback features a striking image of Earth, with the black universe as a backdrop, and Snoopy travelling in a spacecraft, along with the famed quote “Eyes on the Stars”. This disc rotates once per minute, synchronised with the watch’s small seconds hand.
This timepiece has a blue nylon fabric strap and comes in an Apollo 13 presentation box, with a microfibre cleaning cloth, a brochure, and a magnifying glass.
But why Snoopy? In the 1960s, Charles M. Schulz began creating comic strips of Snoopy on the moon. They generated excitement amongst Snoopy’s fans about the USA’s adventures into space, and he was soon established as a ‘symbol of exploration’.
In 1968, NASA wanted a face for its safety programme, and Snoopy was an excellent choice because, not only was he a lighthearted and much-loved character, he represented successful missions.
Treasured by NASA, Snoopy had an award named after him and the award itself was designed by Charles M. Schulz!
We’re head over heels with this new timepiece from OMEGA and are so impressed with the brand’s unfaltering ability to produce phenomenal wristwatches time and time again.