Chronograph, Armstrong, Apollo 11

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    Black-faced chronograph with three dials, second sweep; tachymetre numbers around face; one winding and two additional stems on right of face; spring-loaded band bars.

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    Black-faced chronograph with three dials, second sweep; tachymetre numbers around face; one winding and two additional stems on right of face; spring-loaded band bars.

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    Black-faced chronograph with three dials, second sweep; tachymetre numbers around face; one winding and two additional stems on right of face; spring-loaded band bars.

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    Black-faced chronograph with three dials, second sweep; tachymetre numbers around face; one winding and two additional stems on right of face; spring-loaded band bars.

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    Chronograph, Armstrong, Apollo 11

    This Omega Speedmaster Chronograph was issued to astronaut Neil Armstrong for use during the Apollo 11 mission of July 1969.
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NASA issued this Omega Speedmaster chronograph to astronaut Neil Armstrong for use during the Apollo 11 mission of July 1969.

Selected after a series of rigorous tests demonstrated its high level of precision and reliability, the Speedmaster chronograph was chosen by NASA for the U.S. space program in 1964. Program requirements called for a manual-winding wrist chronograph that was water-proof, shock-proof, anti-magnetic, able to withstand temperatures ranging from 0 to 200 degrees Farenheit, and accelerations of up to 12 g's. NASA first certified the Omega Speedmaster as the chronograph for the Gemini program and made successive purchases for both the Apollo and the Skylab/ASTP missions.

NASA transferred Armstrong's chronograph to the Museum in 1973.