This is an iconic watch with a significant place in the US space exploration. While most people view the Speedmaster being an astronaut’s equipment; surpassing NASA’s tests and requirements, I think another historic event is more important. The Speedmaster was a key reason in the survival of the Apollo 13 crew members. While all the electronics on board were fried, the Apollo 13 crew was left with their Speedmaster to time critical burns (turning the engine on and off). Precise timing was paramount because this is how they steer the space craft in the correct direction and angle; in order to avoid burn up or bouncing off the atmosphere upon re-entry.