Found: Actual Pictures Actually Showing The Speedmaster Professional Actually Being Used For EVA, Today (Well, In 2014)
A late post (and by later, I mean, from earlier today) on the Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016 incited a commenter to see that he hadn’t seen any photos of a space traveler wearing a Speedmaster for EVA (that is, Extra-Vehicular Activity, otherwise called a spacewalk) in “many years.” Somewhat piqued by this, I did what any genuine watch devotee does – I didn’t go to essential sources like Omega, NASA, the European Space Agency or any other individual who might have given an unquestionable, truth checkable, New York Times level answer to the question of whether or not the Speedmaster has been utilized in monitored spaceflight since the Apollo Era. No, no, I am a watch aficionado, and there are customs to be followed here.
I went to the Internet.
Now, we all know that the Omega Speedmaster Professional was worn for EVA by space traveler Ed White, on June 3, 1965, for America’s initially spacewalk; this occured during the Gemini IV mission. From that point forward the Speedmaster Professional has been worn on missions too various to even consider referencing albeit nowadays it appears to have been generally supplanted by the X33 (world well known singing Canadian space explorer Chris Hadfield wears a X33 for example). However the Speedmaster was worn on various different events for EVA just as for use on the flight deck.
This is presumably perhaps the most popular Speedmaster pictures ever (close to those of Ed White) – Buzz Aldrin, during Apollo 11, on board the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module).
However it is regularly failed to remember that there was an EVA on the way to the Moon during Apollo 17, performed by Command Module Pilot Ron Evans.
There he is, straight up there, simply clinging to the outside of the Command Module, halfway between the Earth and the Moon like it ain’t so much as a thing.
Here’s an image, hopping ahead in time a piece, to space explorer Jack Lousma, wearing a Speedmaster for EVA during Skylab 3, in 1973:
But hello, I hear you saying, that was many years prior. Valid, valid. No one might actually be wearing a mechanical watch that originally hit store racks in 1957, outwardly of a freakin’ space suit, in this post Internet 2.0, driverless vehicle, AI-peculiarity going to destroy us alive world of 2015, right?
Wrong. On the off chance that no one else, the Russians actually are. Here is an image of cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, wearing one of every 2010. This is Expedition 22, ISS, whilst Kotov and an associate were setting up the Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2) mooring port. The image is from January 14 to be exact.
And here is one significantly later, of a cosmonaut wearing a Speedy Pro for ISS EVA from August, 2014, politeness NASA.
So indeed, Speedmaster Professionals are to this day still being worn in space, and for EVA – much the same as they were back in, you know, The Day. What’s more, that, companions, in this here-today-gone-tomorrow world, is somewhat of a wonderful thing.
Update: According to the book, Moonwatch Only , as of the Space Shuttle period, the Speedmaster was sewn straightforwardly onto the suit gauntlet, and was secured by a fold – which would clarify why they’re much harder to spot in EVA shots from the Shuttle time onwards.