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Omega | Apollo 17


Eugene Cernan

The last manned journey to the moon landed 50 years ago. On this special anniversary, Omega is remembering the achievements of Apollo 17, and the role that the Speedmaster Moonwatch played during those famous hours.

Led by Commander Eugene Cernan, Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt, and Command Module Pilot Ronald Evans, Apollo 17 landed on the moon on 11 December 1972 at 19:54.58 GMT. With a heavy emphasis on science, the mission was a chance to explore our lunar neighbour like never before.  

Today, Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 watch (ST 105.003) can be viewed at the OMEGA Museum in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Worn by the last man to walk on the moon, it was used by Omega in 2019 to recreate the legendary Calibre 321. Thanks to “tomography” technology, the team were able to look inside the historic timepiece to ascertain the exact specifications for the movement’s reconstruction.

To this day, the Speedmaster Moonwatch has been worn by astronauts on every moon landing in history. After being qualified by NASA for “all manned space missions” in 1965, the timepiece became official kit on all the successful Apollo journeys, beginning with Apollo 11 in 1969, and ending with Apollo 17 in 1972.

Published on 2023-01-16