Moonwatch Companion: Omega Honors NASA With These ‘Meatball’ Designed Velcro Straps - Lookbook

These 20-mm straps come in three colors and pays tribute to the globally-recognized Space Agency.

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To celebrate the shared history of Omega and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Swiss luxury brand developed a range of new Velcro straps with astronaut-friendly fixtures and bold branding. They are paired with the watchmaker’s Master Chronometer certified Moonwatch.

The 20-mm straps, which come in colors, prominently show the space agency’s globally-recognizable, planet-shaped insignia. Nicknamed “the meatball,” the red, white, and blue image was released in 1959 and reflects the space-age optimism of its time.

Space ready

An astronaut would never opt to wear a metal bracelet during an extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalk as space suits add bulk and weight. A Velcro strap is the only fixture versatile enough to adjust on the go and expand and contract with the conditions.

The space-ready straps are available in three colors: black, white and silver.

The straps pair well with Omega’s Master Chronometer certified Moonwatch

Black represents the darkness of space and the actual straps worn on the lunar surface. The shade also matches the Moonwatch dial. White, meanwhile, is a nod to the Apollo-era spacesuits and the title of Omega’s mission to create the perfect space watch: the Alaska Project. Silver pays tribute to the shiny suits worn on the pre-Apollo missions: Gemini and Mercury. It is also a suitable bracelet replacement for wearers who like the versatility of Velcro and the look of metal.

Exploration heritage

But, while they are suited for the Moonwatch, the Velcro straps can be paired with any watch. They can be used for sport and work, as they are comfortable, easy to adjust and can be fine-tuned to fit the wrist when it swells in high temperatures or during exercise.    

Launched earlier this year, the Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer continues the brand’s Moonwatch legacy. It features 4th generation details that are even familiar to the NASA astronauts who ventured into space.

Apart from the “dot over 90” on the anodised aluminium bezel ring, the caseback includes an embossed Seahorse medallion with the inspiring inscriptions, “FLIGHT-QUALIFIED BY NASA IN 1965 FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS” and “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON.”

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