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Omega re-lives the triumph of being the first watch worn on the moon

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Ryan Gosling will recreate the moment when man first set foot on the moon in 1969 this month when he plays the role of Neil Armstrong in Universal Picture’s First Man big screen biopic.

The movie, which premieres on October 12, tells the story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight, exploring the triumphs and the cost on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Just as it did in 1969, Omega is providing the timepieces for the Apollo astronauts in the film.

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Within its rapidly accelerating space program 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, making Omega the only supplier of watches for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program.

Omega has supplied period watches for First Man including a Speedmaster ST 105.003, which astronaut Ed White wore during the first American spacewalk on the 3rd of June, 1965; amd a Speedmaster ST 105.012, the ‘Moonwatch’ worn by Apollo 11 astronauts during their historic mission and lunar landing.

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