Even though the Speedmaster was an effective addition to the assortment of Omega, this was practically nothing in comparison with what could be in store for this model. In 1962, a group of U.S. astronauts, part from the Mercury program, bought Omega Speedmasters to accompany them around the job. They ultimately requested for being issued a view by NASA for use throughout instruction, as well as the real room flights. As it would then develop into portion of their official tools, it necessary to meet prerequisites of NASA, which were intensive, to say the least. In 1964, 6 different view companies have been requested for quotations on 1 of their manual wind chronograph models. Of these 6, only 4 responded and among them was Omega’s Speedmaster.
Watch brands pay a fortune to have their timepieces featured in Hollywood blockbusters, but Omega appears to have been given a free boost in this summer’s widescreen epic, Dunkirk.
Director Christopher Nolan is a stickler for historic detail, so when RAF Spitfires and their pilots feature in the WWII movie, he insisted that genuine aircraft from the period were used, and that the aviators wore authentic equipment, including the correct watches.
That meant actor Tom Hardy, who plays a starring role as one of he Spitfire pilots, strapped on an Omega CK2129, which was commonly issued to RAF airmen at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.
Omega says that Britain’s Ministry of Defence ordered around 2000 of the timepiece at the start of the conflict.
Its rotating bezel, similar to that of divers’ watches, allowed pilots to count down minutes from a fixed moment in time, a particularly useful feature in the storyline of the Dunkirk movie.