The time has finally come, Omega have released the next Snoopy. 50 years ago, in 1970, Omega received the coveted Silver Snoopy Award from NASA, recognising the brands unique contribution to space exploration through the Omega Speedmaster’s vital support during the Apollo 13 mission.
Now, Omega has unveiled a truly special timepiece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that mission. Snoopy playing a crucial role in the watches design, featuring prominently on the 9 O’clock sub dial as an embossed silver medallion. The image of the famous beagle is an exact copy of the pin given to NASA astronauts who receive a Silver Snoopy Award for their service.
The main dial of the new piece is also made from silver, and then laser engraved with Ag925. The sub dials, traditional mainstays of the Speedmaster design, are toned in a deep blue in keeping with the blue PVD coated hands and hour markers. It does appear that no more easter eggs are found dial side unlike previous Snoopy editions, the real fun is on the case back.
Snoopy goes into orbit thanks to his animated black and white Command and Service Module on a magical hand. Activating the chronograph sends Snoopy on a trip around the moon, the lunar surface being decorated on the sapphire crystal using a unique micro-structured metallisation.
In the background of the case back image, our pale blue rock is seen, rotating once per minute in sync with the watch’s small seconds hand, and symbolises the precise rotation of the Earth. The iconic quote, “Eyes on the Stars”, is included within the black universe. Omega’s NIAD locking system ensures all case back engravings and features are set correctly and in the upright position.
The new Silver Snoopy will be powered by the ground-breaking Omega calibre 3861. A Co-Axial Master chronometer, the movement takes the legendary Moonwatch calibre to new standards of excellence, with anti-magnetic innovation.
Finishing touches are expertly applied to every aspect of this new timepiece, the watch’s blue nylon fabric strap matches the other blue elements of the watch, and even features the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission, embossed on the lining. This strap is attached to a 42 mm case in stainless steel, which is inspired by the 4th generation Speedmaster style (the first watch worn on the moon in 1969). The tachymeter scale, with the iconic “Dot over Ninety”, is shown in white enamel on a blue ceramic [ZrO2] bezel ring.
The watch comes with the new standard 5 year warranty offered by the brand, will be presented beautifully in a special Apollo 13 box set, with a microfiber cleaning cloth, a brochure, and a magnifying glass to help you get up close to the details.
Finally, words all Omega Snoopy edition fans have been longing to hear, the new Omega “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th anniversary edition will not be a limited production piece.
Sure to be one of the hottest watches for years to come, the Omega “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th anniversary carries an RRP of $14,700AUD.
Omega Speedmaster ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ 50th Anniversary Specification:
Model Reference: 310.32.42.50.02.001
Case Diameter: 42mm
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph and Tachymeter
Movement: Omega 3861Calibre
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Water Resistance: 5 Bar