“Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” This famous phrase and its misquote “Houston, we have a problem”, made famous by the 1995 film Apollo 13, are used today when an unforeseen problem arises.
This Omega Speedmaster Apollo XIII from the Missions Collection is dedicated to that one-of-a-kind Apollo space mission in which indeed some unforeseen trouble arose. Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise were meant to land on the moon in this endeavor that was lanched on April 11, 1970. About 56 hours after starting and 300’000 kilometers away from earth, an oxygen tank in the service module exploded. Using a great amount of technical improvisation and know-how, the crew managed to loop around the moon and make it safely back to earth on April 17, 1970. It was the only Apollo flight that had to be aborted prematurely, but also made a fabulous record: The three astronauts on board were the first to be the farthest away from earth, a whopping 401’056 kilometers!
The emblem that is engraved on this Speedmaster symbolizes how the Apollo missions brought knowledge to mankind, hence the phrase in Latin “Ex Luna, Scientia“ meaning “From the Moon, knowledge”. A beautiful watch with an explosive story.