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Advertisement Omega announced an upgraded version of the Moonwatch calibre back in March 2019 as the 3861 was first seen in the gold Apollo 11 Anniversary Limited Edition The Moonwatch is Nasa-certified for use in crewed space flight and remains the only flight-qualified watch suitable for extravehicular activity Advertisement As far back as the start of its Gemini program in 1961, Nasa recognised that it needed to find a watch that could endure the extreme temperatures and G-forces encountered during space flight.
Nasa then set about judging the remaining Rolex, Longines and Omega watches, putting them through 11 tests attempting to simulate conditions in space and on the Moon itself The ability of the Rolex, Longines and Omega watches to keep time was checked after each test With the Omega, although the dial's luminous material came loose, the Speedmaster was the only watch that did not stop working through all 11 tests, and so was duly awarded Nasa's certification.
"The Omega made it through all the testing, and when that happened, before I announced who made it, I went back to the astronauts and said, 'Which one of these do you like?' And, thank goodness, they liked the Omega the best as well, so that made it real easy for me to go out and buy the watches," he said at the time. . Source
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