The Omega Speedmaster Professional a.k.a. the “Moonwatch”

What is most likely considered the icon watch of the modern age, the Omega Speedmaster Professional is quite simply the most accomplished timepiece of our era.   Not satisfied with just being the only timepiece certified by NASA for all EVA (extra-vehicular activities) it is the only watch to be worn on the surface of the Moon by Buzz Aldrin and others who followed him.

It’s a manual wound chronograph that measures 42mm in case size, not including the crown.  It uses the Omega 1861 calibre movement, a slight variation on the original movement that accompanied the astronauts in 1969.   The manual wound movement was chosen since an automatic movement’s rotor  that is required to wind the main spring would be useless in zero gravity.   The watch is impressive in size and heft and immediately has presence when wearing it.    It’s uses a unique acrylic Hesalite crystal instead of the more modern synthetic sapphire one.   This was specified by NASA so if cracked in space, there would not be shards or shattered remains floating in zero gravity.    Its raised profile gives it a great retro look and feel.    It’s as strong or better than sapphire, but not as scratch resistant and must be worn with care if wanting to avoid unsightly marks.

Omega Speedmaster Profession, the Moonwatch

Omega Speedmaster Professional, the "Moonwatch" (photo credit "epatz" from WUS)

This indomitable piece of history is still made and sold today, and noted as being quite popular among engineers and astronauts at NASA.  It’s celebrated history has been honored many times by Omega with limited edition models.

I’m proud to wear it and honor not only those who pioneered space travel, but those who lost their lives in pursuit of it.  It is one of my favorites and is in my active rotation.

The indomitable Moonwatch from Omega

The indomitable "Moonwatch" from Omega

My very own...

My very own...

Rewarding failure….

Nothing we’ve accomplished in this country has been because of government, it’s been in spite of it. Liberals have turned our society into a bunch of lazy, handout grabbing, do-nothings who want everything to be given to them instead of earned. We live in a society that has a “lottery” mindset where those who work hard are punished and those who waste opportunity and whine are rewarded with bailouts, mortgage assistance, and socialist programs that divides wealth and multiplies failure.

Lately I’ve started noticing that as a society, we’ve turned everything upside down.   Everything that was once good is now bad and we continue to reward failure.   Then we have the audacity to act shocked when those who fail, continue to do so despite our best intentions.     Those slackers who used to cut up in the back of class, the ones who never worked for anything… you know them!   They’re the ones you’ll be paying their mortgage for.  They’re the ones who voted to take what your hard work and success has provided for and line their own pockets with.    The greatest crimes in a liberal’s mind is income inequity and people who are able to do for themselves.

If you’re still unable to follow the plot, it’s all about control.   They want you to be totally dependent on them which will give them power over you.   Everything they do is aimed at removing your ability to pursue your own destiny, your own will, and your freedoms.