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When I got to the bottom of the main hall and looked around, there are so many important Speedmasters that I started to get dizzy. The corner is overlooked by an Apollo Block II A7L EVA-Moon suit, while a little further away is a case with a Speedmaster Moonwatch tied to an astronaut's glove, reminding me of all these stories about the Apollo program, stories I grew up. By rounding the corner, we begin to review the Speedmaster's transformation with the all-gold 1969 Speedmaster Professional Deluxe and the Mark II. The Speedmaster Professional Deluxe was created to celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the first examples given to all astronauts active in the US space program, as well as other prominent individuals, including President Nixon, who politely declined the watch due to its high value. The Mark II was the first of five Mark top watches and embarked on what would become true diversification in the Speedmaster range. It was at this point that the Speedmaster became a stand-alone line due to findings of the Alaska Projects passing on the regular production Speedmasters.
Throughout the 1970s, this diversification would continue with the addition of more complicated models, with, for example, the first series-produced self-winding chronograph to be certified, the Speedmaster 125 chronometer, introduced in 1973 to mark the 125th anniversary of OMEGA. At the same time, this was the era of electronic watches, which was also true of the Speedmaster with the addition of the 'Speedsonic' (with its tuning fork movement), the Speedmaster Quartz, and Speedmaster Professional Quartz - both of which were multifunctional digital watches. . In this section, visitors can marvel at, among other things, a radial Speedmaster Moonwatch (Project Alaska III 1978) suspended from a thermal protection HRSI tile, used in the Space Shuttle program by NASA, or the very first Alaska I Speedmaster prototype with a titanium case, circa 1969 (the first wristwatch with titanium casing). We can also find literally all of the Mark references as well as the recently coveted Soyuz Speedmaster. What struck me here was the Speedmaster 125 that Vladimir Djanibekov wore in 1978 during his Salyut 6 mission, Talgat Musabayev's battered Moonwatch worn onboard MIR, and the infamous Mark 4.5 Speedmaster, which was modified by Mr. Daniels with its coaxial escapement and used by him to convince Mr. Hayek to take over his innovation. A very important item for Omega!
Last but not least, before entering the Seamaster section of the museum, we find showcases are containing X-33s and also other professional aviation tools such as the iconic Flightmaster, in every variation imaginable. Even a solid gold specimen can be seen, one of the heaviest wristwatches in history and a choice of the late King Hussein of Jordan. The Flightmaster displays obviously include instrument cluster clocks used on the legendary Concorde Supersonic Jetliner. The Omega instrument cluster clocks foresaw the prototype of the 1967 supersonic airliner and then was part of every commercial flight from the first in January 1976 to retirement in November 2003. A little further, I marveled at the Railmasters and military-issued Omegas like the legendary 53 model given to the RAF navigators and pilots, also linked to the showcases with Constellations, with their COSC certificates, of course playing a prominent role in their display. Lecoultre Reverso replica watches low-cost online watches store.