Asking Buzz about his Speedy...
From: Chuck Maddox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: May 2, 2005 3:31:04 PM CDT
To: David Xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Resolving the question of Aldrin's Speedy
On May 2, 2005, at 3:19 PM, David Xxxxxxxxx wrote:
Dear Mr. Maddox:
I have read with interest your very knowledgeable posts on TZ and on your own web page regarding the history of the Omega Speedmaster, and I have used your comments to aid my own Speedy purchases (currently a '65 Pre-Pro, a newer '57 Re-issue and a modern Moon watch). One question that has fascinated me was whether Buzz Aldrin wore a c.321 or c.861 Speedy on the Moon. I know Buzz very well, and I just spent several days with him last week, so I asked him to resolve the issue.
Buzz told me that, as far as he knows, he wore the same Speedmaster on Gemini 12 and Apollo 11. The only way the watches could be different was if he turned in his watch for cleaning after the Gemini mission in November 1966 and NASA gave him back a different watch. However, he is almost certain this did not happen because, by that time, NASA was more concerned with solving the issues surrounding the fire on Apollo 1 than with cleaning watches. He was pretty clear about this. Consequently, I believe it is safe to say that the watch Buzz Aldrin wore on the Moon in July 1969 was purchased by NASA before November 1966, and therefore it certainly carried a c.321 movement.
I have to say this is not a big surprise. Several of us have developed information with Omega that has led us to the same conclusion. But it is excellent to have first hand testimony from the gentleman himself.
I would be happy to answer any follow-up questions that you may have.
Please let me know and Thanks again for your efforts.