Today marks the death of arguably the world's greatest modern explorer. Neil Armstrong was the first human being to step foot on the moon on July 20th, 1969. With that one step, the entire planet entered a new age of science and exploration. He was a hero for all mankind. But to replica omega Seamaster 300m
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's Speedmaster is built entirely around the fact that it was the watch chosen above five others (including those from Rolex, Heuer, and others) to become the official watch of NASA, and thus, the first watch on the moon. What most people don't know is that while Armstrong was certainly the first man on the moon, his watch was not the first watch. No no - in fact Armstrong left his Speedmaster aboard the lunar module because the mission timer had failed. So, it was actually his colleague Buzz Aldrin's replica omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow
that first made an appearance on the moon. But, Aldrin's watch, which he claimed to have sent to the Smithsonian, never made it and we don't know its whereabouts to this day. Armstrong's, on the other hand, sits proudly at the National Air and Space museum in Washington DC and we once found a watch exactly like it. We all know that the Omega Speedmaster Professional was the watch chosen above all others to become the official chronograph of NASA. But today, our friends at FratelloWatches share with us a personal story about a Speedie Pro that ended up on the wrist of a seasoned ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. The thing is, the watch was undoubtedly issued by NASA, so how did he get it?. Click through for the full story about how this authentic space watch ended up in the hands of team Fratello for this exclusive photoshoot. So, on this day, we celebrate the life of an American and horological hero alike. Here is an excellent video of Armstrong recounting his trip to the stars on the BBC back in 1970.