Omega Speedmaster is one of the most important and ubiquitous watches in the world of watches,and many models were made. The “Snoopy” Speedmaster is perhaps one of the more popular models, and the latest “Snoopy” Speedmaster – Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award is visually much more different then the other Speedmasters. The hand on the 9 o’clock sub dial (for the regular seconds) is all-white, while the other hands are black. Another detail is that the numerals on the three sub dials look a bit different compared to the regular black dial Moonwatch: they aren’t filled. The hands, hour markers and the Snoopy at 9 o’clock are painted with Super-LumiNova. Besides the fact that it enables you to read the time under low-light conditions, it also looks very nice, especially the glowing beagle at 9 o’clock. Related Replica Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award.
There is a lot going on the dial. “What could you do in 14 seconds?” is printed together with 14 small comic frames in the minute track on the dial and refers to the exact timing of 14 crucial seconds during the return of the Apollo 13 Command Module in 1970. Then, there is our favorite Beagle in the sub dial at 9 o’clock with a little text balloon above the center pinion saying “Failure is not an option!”. Words that were spoken in the 1995 Apollo 13 movie by the actor in the role of Flight Director Gene Kranz (he never used this line during the actual mission, but later on used words of similar kind during an interview with the script-writers. After the sentence was used in the 1995 movie, Gene Kranz used ‘Failure is not an option’ as a title for his autobiography that appeared in 2000.
The case is 42mm. However, the watch has a bit different proportions and therefore a slightly different appearance on the wrist from the normal Moonwatch in my opinion. This has to do with the thickness of the case band, it is slightly thicker than the normal version. That, combined with the ceramic bezel, makes the watch look a bit different when worn on the wrist than the Moonwatch. Perhaps that the sapphire crystal also plays a role in this slight difference in appearance. The ceramic bezel has a tachymetre scale that has been filled with Super0-LumiNova.
The caseback features a silver Snoopy medallion mounted on a silver plate and filled with blue enamel. Silver powder is sprinkled by hand on the enamel, giving each watch a unique look. Of course, the silver Snoopy resembles the official Snoopy lapel pin that was given by NASA to Omega for the role of the Speedmaster during Apollo 13. In the stainless steel caseback, you’ll also find the number of the watch engraved (of 1970 pieces, the year of the Apollo 13 mission), as well as the Apollo XIII 45th Anniversary and the Eyes on the Stars line.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award has the hand-wound Lemania based caliber 1861 inside. It has a rhodium plated finish and a power reserve of 48 hours. The chronograph uses a shuttle cam mechanism instead of a column-wheel. The strap is coated nylon and has a leather lining. It is remarkably comfortable and the stainless steel folding clasp makes it easy to adjust to the right size.