The first watch ever worn on the moon, it has become an enduring symbol of the ingenuity and skill that took us into space. On its sixtieth anniversary, we look back at the heady days of the Apollo program and reflect on why the Speedmaster was able to go where it did.
The first Speedmaster
Called the “Broad Arrow” due to its distinctive hands, this was not only the first Speedmaster, but it was also the first chronograph wristwatch in the world with its tachymeter scale on the bezel as opposed to printed on the dial - a feature designed for the benefit of racing car drivers.
First watch worn on the moon
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in 1969, this Speedmaster model became the first watch ever worn on the moon. In fact, it has since become the watch that has served on the most lunar missions.