A recent restoration project for one of our clients involved fully servicing and repairing a great Omega Speedmaster.
Omega as a brand have a huge, interesting history – they are one of the most prominent watch companies in the world, with numerous inventions, innovations and awards to their name. Their iconic Speedmaster was launched in 1957 and was the first watch worn on the moon. These models features in their range amongst other popular models including the De Ville, Constellation and Seamaster.
The manual wind Speedmaster “Moonwatch” is very well known – it was worn during the first US spacewalk as part of NASA‘s Gemini 4 mission. It was also the first watch worn by an astronaut walking on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The Speedmaster Professional remains one of several watches qualified by NASA for spaceflight and is still the only one so qualified for EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity).
While the Speedmaster is commonly associated with space missions, these models were originally produced in the late 50s as sports watches to complement Omega’s sponsorship of the Olympic games. The name “Speedmaster” was coined due to the tachymeter scale and followed the conventions set by other model lines such as the Seamaster.
On arrival in the workshop this watch was not working properly and failing to keep time. Upon inspection of the movement there was a lot of dried up oil and debris in the movement, so a full service and a new mainspring was required. During a full service we completely disassemble the movement and run it through our specialist watch movement cleaning machine. We also run the case and bracelet through a separate ultrasonic cleaner. After cleaning, the movement is carefully reassembled and oiled, before being adjusted and tested.
Following our service, this Omega Speedmaster is working again just as it should be. It’s a superb watch.
Do you have an Omega Speedmaster in need of repair? If so, get in touch and see how we can help. We are watch repair specialists with a fully insured freepost watch repairs service. We offer repairs to clients all around the UK and we are experts in the repair of modern and vintage watches. As holders of a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award and business partners of the British Horological Institute you can be confident in the service we provide.
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