It’s hard to keep a secret when the Speedmaster faithful are already well known, and 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of Omega’s Speedmaster, which was awarded NASA’s Snoopy Award for its pivotal role in helping the Apollo 13 crew avert disaster. 1970. After a year of speculation, this is the 50th Anniversary Silver Snoopy Speed Racer. Not only is this new stainless steel reference version not a limited edition, but it’s an absolute stunner with some very whimsical details – including the animated back cover – which are featured in NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for the Speedmaster series and the beloved OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Peanuts! Thoughtful connections have been made between the universe of the cartoon itself.
Although there have been two previous “Snoopy” series (released in 2003 and 2015), you can’t mention these highly collectible references to the most iconic chronographs of all time until you provide some background on the awards and how the cartoon dog ended up being one of them. “The Snoopy Silver Award is one of NASA’s SFA (Space Flight Awareness) Awards, which recognizes NASA employees and their contractors for “outstanding achievements related to the safety of human flight or mission success”. The award itself is a flowing sterling silver lapel pin featuring a portrait of Snoopy presented by NASA astronauts to the recipient, along with a letter of commendation. The Snoopy Award was given to Speedmaster after it proved its claim to saving the lives of astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission, and the rest is watch history!
Model: Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary (ref. 310.32.42.50.02.001)
Water depth: 50 meters
Case material: stainless steel with ceramic tachymeter bezel, Ag925 silver dial
Movement: OMEGA 3861 Co-Axial Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Movement
Frequency: 21,000 VpH
Power reserve: 50 hours
Strap/bracelet: nylon with contrasting stitch coating
Featuring an AG 925 silver dial (a nod to the solid Snoopy award-winning sterling silver lapel pin) and high-contrast PVD-coated blue elements, this model echoes other past Omega limited editions (such as the Speedmaster CK 2998 LE) with a similar blue and white story, using a cheerful blue panda dial, similar to the 2015 release of the Silver The stark black and white “comic book” aesthetic of the Snoopy Award 45th Anniversary Edition is in stark contrast. Unlike that reference, which was limited to 1,970 pieces (which does make it very rare), the new 50th Anniversary Edition is not technically a limited edition, which means that once it becomes more widely available to the secondary market, we may not see the same secondary market pricing for eager over-priced collectors.
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