Could a watch survive in outer space? Tried and tested, Swiss watchmaking authority Omega had already sent a test subject into the vast ether of the universe with the first Speedmaster when man made the journey to the moon. Now almost half a century later, this timepiece has been perfected to re-emerge as the Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer.

As with any equipment that is shipped into space, this singular watch measures up to the strict benchmarks of even the most seasoned astronauts. Affecting a symmetrical balance with identical two-handed sub-dials along a brushed blue watch face, this space-bound companion is completed with a ceramic bezel and a stainless steel case. The mystique of its visuals aside, it flaunts a new revolutionary 9904 movement comprised of 368 components, and a master co-axial and chronometer in one — worthy of its designation as a Master Chronometer.

Omega Pre-Basel Speedmaster Moonphase Chronometer

The Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph also clocks another first with its liquid metal-coated Tachymeter scale and fine rhodium-plated circles on the sub-dials that beckon a closer look. But that's not all, a high-resolution image of an astronaut's footprint captured on the moon is detailed on the dial, warranting another close-up to see all of its elusive secrets. In a nod to its antecedent's foray onto the moon, the Speedmaster Moonphase is one small step for humans but a giant leap for horlogerie.

Omega Pre-Basel Speedmaster Moonphase Chronometer