OMEGA special "First Man" edition watch
On October 12 in the USA, watch fans, space enthusiasts and astonished audiences alike will
be able to spot OMEGA timepieces playing a true-life role within the story of Universal
Pictures’ First Man.
Following their six-time Academy Award®-winning La La Land, Oscar®-winning director
Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for First Man, the riveting story behind the first
manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the
historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective,
based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost - on
Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself - of one of the most dangerous
missions in history.
OMEGA has an unrivalled legacy within space exploration and the team behind First Man has
correctly placed the brand’s timepieces on the wrists of the Apollo astronauts and others.
Within its rapidly accelerating space programme in 1964, NASA went in search of one watch
that it could qualify for all manned-missions. Many brands submitted their timepieces for the
punishing tests, but only the OMEGA Speedmaster survived. As a result, it was declared “Flight
Qualified for all Manned Space Missions” on the 1st of March, 1965.
From that moment, OMEGA was the only supplier of watches for NASA’s Human Space Flight
Program. Its use in space has extended through the final Mercury Missions and the Gemini,
Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs. The Speedmaster is still in use for space flight
today and helps to keep track of time on the International Space Station.
Of course, as part of this history, the OMEGA Speedmaster became the first watch worn on
the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. For the production of First Man, OMEGA
supplied period-correct Speedmasters and other watches of that era.