9,5 / 10
The very first Snoopy limited edition
This watch is a very nice example of the “Snoopy award” edition from 2003.
It is in excellent condition, presented in its original box.
A nice opportunity for any Speedmaster collector.
About the model
On October 5, 1970, astronaut Thomas Stafford personally handed the Snoopy Award to Hans Widmer, OMEGA’s technical manager. NASA astronauts award this prize to companies that make an exceptional contribution to the success of space flights. In this case it was awarded to OMEGA for its contribution to the successful failure of the Apollo 13 mission. When most of the on-board instruments had been shut down to conserve energy, some of the maneuvers had to be timed by the Speedmaster’s chronograph, notably the burn time of the rocket motors to set the spacecraft’s re-entry trajectory.
The Snoopy Award is a kind of diploma featuring the Snoopy character, NASA’s mascot, dressed as an astronaut and the slogan, Eyes on the Stars.
To recall this important event, OMEGA put a series of 5’441 numbered watches on sale, each with NASA’s Snoopy badge in the subdial at 9 o’clock and a sticker of the same badge on the caseback.
One particular detail is worth noting. The badges on the dial and the caseback are different, presumably because they came from different suppliers. The four lines showing a reflection on the helmet are missing on the sticker image.
Another oddity — why was production limited to 5’441 watches? The number comes from the length of the Apollo 13 mission: 142 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds.