Right here within the Fratello workplace, we had been standing in entrance of one of many huge displays to look at the preparation and launch of the New Shepard (named after Alan Shepard). On our wrists, the Omega Speedmaster (hey, it was a Speedy Tuesday) and on the wrist of the Blue Origin, additionally Omega Speedmaster watches. So which watch did they put on precisely? Carry on studying.
We watched the New Shepard NS-16 flight with plenty of curiosity, not within the final place as a result of we love the whole lot that has to do with house. And on this very particular date, July 20th, 52 years after the Moon touchdown by the Apollo XI crew, Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen had been launched to house. Mark Bezos in his position as commander, and the opposite crew members as vacationers.
Attention-grabbing to notice is that the 82-year-old Wally Funk was a candidate for Mercury 13. Final however not least, there was the 18-year previous Olivier Daemen from The Netherlands, the youngest individual to fly house. Funk being the oldest. All 4 crew members returned safely on Earth after the 10-minute flight.
Blue Origin Speedmasters
However, as a Speedmaster fanatic, you wish to know which watches that they had on precisely and the way this happened. Now we have the reply. The Blue Origin crew members wore two Speedmasters every, one Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 and a Speedmaster Professional Master Chronometer. And, to be exact, the Speedmaster Skilled with Hesalite crystal, with reference 310.30.42.50.01.zero01. Nevertheless, there’s slightly twist right here. For every crew member, Omega created custom-made case backs. As an alternative of the “Flight-qualified…” engraving, you’ll discover on the common Moonwatch, these ones have the Blue Origin New Shepard car engraved within the middle. Then above, it has the well-known “First Watch Worn on the Moon” engraving and beneath “Blue Origin NS-16” and the title of the crew member beneath. This additionally applies to the Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker watches they acquired from Omega. The X-33 Skywalker (reference 318.104.22.168.01.001) was fitted with the identical case again however in titanium.
Each Speedmaster “Blue Origin” watches had been additionally fitted with Omega’s newest Velcro strap (we reviewed them right here). However the straps even have been custom-made for the Blue Origin NS-16 flight, as you possibly can see on the picture.
How this happened?
These items usually don’t occur by coincidence. We acquired plenty of messages yesterday from you guys, asking us concerning the Blue Origin NS-16 flight and if we knew extra about these watches. Now, Jeff Bezos is a watch fanatic himself it appears, and he additionally has been noticed sporting a Speedmaster Skilled on some events (just like the symposium on the 1969 moon touchdown on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library within the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston on June 19, 2019). Omega has been concerned in supplying these watches, after all, because the case backs and velcro straps have been customized for the Blue Origin flight. It’s most likely finished within the spirit of being the supplier of kit, identical to with NASA.