While recording speed at the track inspired the creation of the Speedmaster, when it comes to speed, I’m sure there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as hurtling into space. What’s more, for most people the legacy of this watch is associated with space exploration and the CK 2998, the first Speedmaster in space worn by astronaut Walter Schirra in 1962. The following year, with NASA approval Speedmasters were also worn on the Gemini and Apollo missions. A Speedmaster was strapped to Ed White when he made his spacewalk on June 3, 1965, and were worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they took their giant leaps for mankind in 1969.
The classic design of the original CK 2998 released in 1959 is the inspiration for the newest limited edition of 2998 pieces – there were earlier version presented in 2012, 2016 and last year’s gorgeous gold edition. Its 39.7mm stainless steel case features a lightly sand-blasted silvery dial with three black subdials, lume-filled ‘Alpha’ hands and contrasting red chronograph seconds hand. The new model is powered by the same precise, robust and reliable Calibre 1861 movement as the original. Back then, customers could choose from four different versions of the bezel (including tachymeter, pulsometer, decimal or telemeter) but the new version features a white enamel pulsometer scale, for checking heartbeats per minute, on a black ceramic bezel.