Apollo 11: “One small step for a man”

Mar 07, 2019,09:04 AM

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. 

21 July Neil Armstrong would become the first man to walk on the moon at 02.56 UTC, followed 19 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin.

The first watch on the moon – would be a an Omega Speedmaster ref 105.012- on Buzz Aldrin’s space suit. Armstrong left his watch in the LM.

A total of two and a quarter hours would be spent on the moon. The crew returned on the 24 July at 13.31 UTC, picked up by the USS Hornet. The mission lasted for 8 days and 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds.

This year we celebrate 50th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest ever achievements.

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

Michael Collins: 145.012-67

Buzz Aldrin : 105.012-? (CB??)

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.

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 By: Baron - Mr Red : March 7th, 2019-09:10
What a stunning post. The time and effort that you are putting into this research is extremely generous. Thank you. What a great post and a reminder of the history behind this incredible achievement as well as horological history. Best to you

Am I allowed to echo your statement Mr Red?

 By: Arie - Mr Orange : March 11th, 2019-15:18
Great post indeed!!

The ‘Apollo 11’ movie that is out now is fantastic...

 By: mdg : March 7th, 2019-09:40
...definitely worth the extra $ to see in IMAX.

Thank you for that great reminder of an amazing moment.

 By: zabreg1 Mr White : March 7th, 2019-11:21
Great read and great pictures.

My pleasure sir! [nt]

 By: Miranda : March 7th, 2019-13:23

10 years

 By: Jurry : March 7th, 2019-12:02
I was ten years old when this incredibly impressive exiting moon landing took place. Still remember how I watched it with my dad on our B&W television. And how I later on got a book with high resolution color pictures. Fantastic Years later I became an Ai... 

Thank you 😊 [nt]

 By: Miranda : March 7th, 2019-13:21

Marvellous post, thank you.

 By: nasseriq : March 7th, 2019-13:28
Best Reubin

Thank you.

 By: Adamska : March 7th, 2019-20:30
I have, unsurprisingly, enjoyed this wonderfully dense and vivid contribution from you as much as any I have ever consumed online . Wholeheartedly, Filip

By the way, there is a new documentary....

 By: Adamska : March 10th, 2019-18:32
of which I've learned a couple of days ago, currently showing in the US, so I was wondering if anyone here has already seen it? If so, what are your impressions? I think I will get the opportunity to see it before it gets removed from the repertoire.... ...  

Wow Imran! What a great post!! A lot of work involved in producing it for our delight!! And a great and well deserved Tribute to these heroes!! I treasure the memory...

 By: Subexplorer : March 12th, 2019-13:17
... of being seated before our B&W TV set on that early time in my Country, side by side with my Dad viewing in awe those first images sent directly from the moon!! I was 21 years old then. That was truly incredible!! I will never forget the feeling, the ...