This Omega Speedmaster headed to space with Jeff Bezos

July 24, 2021

Its billionaires-in-space week, and space cowboy Jeff Bezos became the second billionaire in a fortnight to launch himself into space.  As the Blue Origin Mission NS-16 rocketed skyward with four passengers aboard, including Bezos himself, his brother Mark, former NASA trainee Wally Funk, and an 18-year old from Holland, all the passengers including Bezos wore a custom Omega Speedmaster.

Why an Omega Speedmaster? It was the watch that NASA officially certified as suitable for space flight in the early days of space flight.

The specific watch that the four space tourists wore was a tweaked version of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer Ref. 310.30.42.50.01.001, which Omega launched at the beginning of 2021.

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The Speedmasters were secured with grey versions of the 20mm Velcro straps that Omega launched at the beginning of this year, which had the Blue Origin logo printed on them. In true astronaut style, the crew wore their watches over their blue flight suits. The only other customisations featured were specially engraved casebacks that displayed the name of their wearer, the flight number, and the Blue Origin feather logo.

Interestingly, Omega donated the timepieces for the mission.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.