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How Speedy went to the moon

Mr James H. Ragan (above), a former Nasa project engineer and programme manager, was responsible for procuring the Omega Speedmaster for space use. Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon in 1969, with an Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limi
Mr James H. Ragan (above), a former Nasa project engineer and programme manager, was responsible for procuring the Omega Speedmaster for space use. Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon in 1969, with an Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Released earlier this year, it is fashioned from Omega's proprietary Moonshine gold. PHOTO: OMEGA
Mr James H. Ragan, a former Nasa project engineer and programme manager, was responsible for procuring the Omega Speedmaster for space use. Buzz Aldrin (above), who walked on the moon in 1969, with an Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limi
Mr James H. Ragan, a former Nasa project engineer and programme manager, was responsible for procuring the Omega Speedmaster for space use. Buzz Aldrin (above), who walked on the moon in 1969, with an Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Released earlier this year, it is fashioned from Omega's proprietary Moonshine gold. PHOTO: OMEGA

Four brands submitted watches for Nasa's astronauts to take to the moon, but the Omega Speedmaster was the only timepiece to pass the stringent tests

Call it the power of endorsement.

In 1965, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) wanted a watch for its astronauts to take to the moon, it called for a tender.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2019, with the headline 'How Speedy went to the moon'. Print Edition | Subscribe