Watch on the moon: Omega pop-up marks 50th year of Apollo 11 mission

In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. Photo: Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP

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On July 20, 1969, United States astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to step on the moon.

Armstrong and Aldrin both had Omega Speedmasters strapped on, making it the first watch worn on the moon.

Now, 50 years later, Swiss watchmaker Omega is celebrating the historic Apollo 11 mission, lunar landing and its own special journey with the astronauts.

A pop-up exhibition titled Omega’s 50th Anniversary Moonlanding Exhibition will be held at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur from Aug 5-11.

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This exhibition tells Omega’s part of the moon landing story, highlighting the legacy of the Speedmaster watch, or better known as the “Moonwatch”.

At the space mission-related exhibit, visitors will be greeted by two life-sized golden astronaut displays, flanking the main entrance.

Two special cube “rooms” are the exhibit’s highlights, allowing curious visitors more than enough Instagram opportunities.

The first cube is built to resemble a “mysterious space” with its gold-mirrored walls. It will showcase the moon mission and how the Speedmaster was involved.

nside the cube, hidden loudspeakers will deliver a soundtrack of NASA communications, engine noises and space hums to build up an immersive atmosphere to the moon mission’s story, told through a series of informative text and NASA images.

The second cube is the Infinity Room, which features a starry glitter glow coming from a wall of LED lights. The cube’s sides, top and bottom, consist of mirrors, which will reflect the LED lights in an infinite design.

Also on display is the Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th anniversary limited edition. There are only 6,969 pieces of this watch model (a reference to the moon landing of 1969), all individually numbered.


Omega’s 50th Anniversary Moonlanding Exhibition will take place at the main entrance of Pavilion KL from Aug 5-11. Admission is free.

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