The Speedmaster Professional “From the Moon to Mars” was introduced in 2004, during Baselworld and by no other persons than astronaut Eugene Cernan and Swatch Group CEO Nicolas Hayek. Interestingly enough, it was not limited but numbered and only in production from 2004 till 2012. According to Moonwatch Only, the production ceased in 2012 when more than 6000 watches were produced.
This particular watch we offer here in the Fratello Shop is numbered 1343 and has been sold on September 11th, 2007. There’s even a hand-written note from the owner of the authorized Omega dealer who sold this watch, to congratulate the new owner with his purchase and that he should take note that it is a hand-wound watch. How things change in a relatively short time, such a note wouldn’t be necessary anymore today, with all the common knowledge on the Speedmaster.
On the dial of the watch, you will find images of the Earth, Moon, and Mars. It seems Omega wanted to be on top of the game when NASA would head for manned space missions to Mars. This watch was never one of our editor’s favorites, except Gerard Nijenbrinks. However, we do see the attractiveness in the watch now more than when it came out in 2004. The printing of the planets isn’t super fine or delicate, especially up close, but it does bring color to the dial. You will also find that some of these watches have discolored over time, giving the watch its own unique color tone. On the case back, there’s the standard “Flight-Qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” engraving, but “From the Moon to Mars” has been added on the lower half, followed by its unique number.
In 2018, we published an in-depth article on this Speedmaster “From the Moon to Mars” watch in this article on Fratello Magazine. Prices have gone up a bit since then, and what we have here is an unworn example from 2007.
This watch comes with the famous red leather box (in good condition), white cardboard box, and the red Omega instruction manual, a white leather cardholder with International Warranty Card, and the pictograms card.
When buying pre-owned, the condition is key. That’s what we fully understand here at Fratello, as we are collectors ourselves for many years (decades). This Speedmaster Professional reference 3577.50 is in immaculate condition. You can either keep it as a safe queen but you could also be the first one to wear it and create your own history with the watch. Even though there are 6000 of these watches produced, there are only a few out there on offer today that are in the same condition as this one.