Chronograph, Armstrong, Apollo 11

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Title

Chronograph, Armstrong, Apollo 11

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Lens: Hesalite (synthetic crystal)
  • Interior mechanism: Brass, stainless steel, jewels

Dimensions

3-D: 5.1 x 3.8 x 1.3cm (2 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

Switzerland

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Accessories

Inventory Number

A19731247000