Replica Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award 3126.96.36.199.04.003 just unveiled at Baselworld 2015 which pays homage to that unforgettable mission 45 years ago and celebrates the teamwork, quick thinking, ingenuity and courage that brought Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise home safely.
The dial inspired by the black and white comic strips printed in newspapers, is at once recognizable as the inverse of its legendary predecessor. The white dial contrasts the black varnished Moonwatch-style hands and the polished black ceramic bezel, which features a Super-LumiNova tachymeter scale. Super-LumiNova is also found on the central hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands. The luminescent material was used to make the indexes and their glow is enhanced by the black varnish that fills the indexes’ top cavities.Fourteen small squares between zero and 14 seconds on the dial come together to form a long comic strip, with the words “What could you do in 14 seconds?” written underneath. The question is a nod to the 14-second mid-course correction that the Apollo 13 astronauts timed with their on-board back-up timing device: the Omega Speedmaster. At the center of the dial is the quote: “Failure is not an option.” These inspiring words were spoken by actor Ed Harris who played Apollo 13 Flight Director Gene Kranz in the 1995 film about the historic mission, Apollo 13. A small image of a sleeping Snoopy painted on the dial with Super-LumiNova is positioned in the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
The 42 mm replica Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award 3188.8.131.52.04.003 is presented on a black coated nylon fabric strap with white stitching and a foldover clasp.The silver Snoopy is mounted on a plate of the same material and is surrounded by dark blue enamel. Silver powder is sprinkled by hand over the enamel of each individual caseback, giving the impression that Snoopy is floating in space. On the case back, the following is engraved: “SILVER SNOOPY AWARD”, “EYES ON THE STARS”, “45TH ANNIVERSARY”, “0000/1970” and “APOLLO XIII”.Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award will be produced in a limited edition of 1,970 pieces. At its heart is the Omega calibre 1861, the same manual-winding chronograph movement that powered the legendary Moonwatch.