On the 16 July 1969 at 13.32 UTC, a Saturn V SA-506 rocket launches from Kennedy space centre carrying the first men to walk on the moon.
The crew of Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong would make history and open a new horizon in mankind’s quest for exploration.
The mission would see the lunar module Eagle, land in the Mare Tranquilitatis on the 20 July 1969 at 20,17 UTC.
Speedmaster were of course the chosen watch, and Neil Armstrong’s mission watch was a reference 105.012-65. Michael Collins wore a ref 145.012-67 and we know that Buzz Aldrin’s watch was a 105.012.
But which one?- well his watch was lost in transit on its way to the National Air and Space museum. So any clues?
I have had an informal response from a famous vintage Omega authorised dealer (who sent the request to Omega) it could well have been a reference 105.012-CB.
Close inspection of the pictures in my opinion seems to collaborate this view- looking at the twist of the lugs. But you can make your own mind up!
Neil Armstrong: 105.12-65
My grateful thanks and credits for the picture to NASA and the National Air and Space museum.
These images are in the public domain- and have not been used for any commercial purpose, purely education.
That concluded the history of the Apollo missions and the history of the Speedmaster.