The silver dial fake Omega Snoopy Speedmaster 50th Anniversary watch is the third in the highly collectible “Snoopy” series, and anyone who doesn’t have one yet will be happy to know that this one is not a limited edition. The small-seconds subdial depicts the lovable beagle from the cartoon strip “Peanuts” a motif that is commemorative of the Silver Snoopy Award presented by NASA astronauts “in appreciation’ for professionalism, dedication, and outstanding support that greatly enhanced space flight safety and mission success.” It is also a nod to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s most famous moon mission, the Apollo 13.
The story starts with the Apollo 10 mission, the first to reference the “Peanuts” comic strip. Its Command Module was named “Charlie Brown” and the Lunar Excursion Module was called “Snoopy” because its job was to snoop around for good landing sites for the next mission. Thereafter, NASA began using Snoopy as a mascot for its spaceflight safety initiative, and the Silver Snoopy Award, a silver pin, was given to NASA employees and contractors by astronauts to celebrate achievements related to mission success and human flight safety. The Omega Speedmaster replica with blue bezel refers to the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Apollo 13 mission, which went awry when one of the oxygen tanks in the Service Module exploded, damaging the Command Module. The astronauts had to use the Lunar Excursion Module to come home to earth, and to make that possible, they had to use their luxury copy Omega Speedmasters to time a critical, 14-second firing of the LEM’s rocket engine to correct their homeward trajectory. In 1970, Omega was given a Silver Snoopy Award to commemorate the Speedmaster’s role in the flight.
Omega introduced its first Snoopy Speedmaster in 2003, a limited edition of 5,441. It was followed by another commemorative Snoopy in 2015, limited to 1,970 pieces to mark the year of the Apollo 13 flight. Both are rarities now, and highly sought after by collectors. The new, best quality Omega fake watch piece is unlimited. Its 42mm case is steel, with blue accents on the hands, markers, subdials and bezel. It is priced at $9,600, and contains the METAS-certified caliber 3861.