Collection Item Summary:
This chronograph was worn by astronaut Jack Swigert, Command Module Pilot of the Apollo 13 mission in April 1970.
The Omega Speedmaster Chronograph was chosen by NASA for the U.S. space program after a series of rigorous tests demonstrated its high level of precision and reliability. Program requirements called for a manual-winding wrist chronograph that was water-proof, shock-proof, anti-magnetic, and able to withstand temperatures ranging from 0 to 200 degrees farenheit and accelerations of 12 times the normal force of gravity. The Omega Speedmaster was certified by NASA as the chronograph for the Gemini program in June 1965, and successive purchases were made for both the Apollo and the Skylab/ASTP missions.
NASA transferred the collection of chronographs to the Museum in 1977.