Omega created the first Speedmaster Snoopy edition (ref. 3578.51.00) in 2003 to celebrate the unique connection between the Swiss watch brand NASA and the famous beagle from the Peanuts comic strip.
In the 1960s, Snoopy became a fierce man for NASA astronauts when Charles M. Schulz began creating cartoons to depict the character of the famous dog on the moon. In 1968, Snoopy was chosen as the symbol of NASA’s safety program. Astronauts introduced the Silver Snoopy Award to recognize an individual or company that has made a significant contribution to the “success of the human space mission”.
Omega received the award in 1970 in recognition of its significant support of space exploration and Speedmaster during the Apollo 13 rescue mission.
Just 50 years after that event, the 50th anniversary of the new Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” has attracted a great deal of attention from watch enthusiasts and collectors, especially because of the unprecedented animation on the case back that sets this edition apart from other Speedmaster special editions!
The watch is made of stainless steel and measures 42mm in diameter, which is typical of Moonwatch’s size. In contrast, the new model is slightly thicker at 14.47mm, including the sapphire crystal (vs. 14.26mm).
The case has typical Lyra lugs and an asymmetrical design with a blue ceramic [ZrO2] fixed bezel with tachymeter scale. The water resistance is 50 meters/ 165 feet.
The dial is made of silver with “Ag925” engraved in the center. The silver background provides an ideal contrast to the three blue subscales. The 30-minute and 12-hour chronographs are located at 3 and 6 o’clock, respectively, and have a snail face.
The Snoopy character appears for the first time at 9 o’clock in an embossed silver medallion on the blue subdial, which reproduces the silver pin given to the winner by the NASA astronaut. The silver Snoopy Award commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Snoopy Award with the “50th Anniversary”.
The horn-shaped hour markers and hands are also blue to perfectly coordinate with the orchestra. The blue color will change its hue according to the ambient light and angle.
Super-LumiNova is used for the central hands (hours, minutes and chronograph seconds) as well as the hour markers. The tachymeter scale on the ceramic bezel is not treated with luminescent material. Instead, white enamel is used for long-lasting whiteness and durability.