Norton of Morton

Read a new instalment of Norton of Morton every Saturday at 4 o'clock

Saturday 20 July 2019

Moon dreamer

In which G.M. Norton dreams big.

Unless you’ve been on a different planet (apols, couldn’t resist), you’ll know that this weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

Taking place back in 1969, I wasn't even a twinkle in my father’s eye at this point.

In the last few years, I’ve had a growing interest in adventurers and explorers, so the sheer idea of travelling to the Moon and back again is really inspiring stuff. Of course, although Messrs Armstrong and Aldrin claim to be the first men on the Moon, I have evidence that clearly shows there were others that did this first – namely, Calculus, Haddock and Tintin. Snowy the dog even got his paws on the lunar surface before the two astronauts in ’69.

One day, I would love to have an Omega Speedmaster Professional moonwatch – recognised as the only watch to go to the Moon (well, until it was discovered that an astronaut had stealthily sneaked a Bulova prototype on the Moon landing during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971.

A couple of years ago, I did start to dream of marking my 40th birthday with a Speedy, but given that this milestone is now a mere three years away, I’m quickly running out of time to cobble the funds together.  

Isn’t it a beauty though?

That hesalite crystal. The tachymeter bezel. And a lovely manual wind movement. Absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but alas, also jaw-droppingly expensive, with prices on the up as Omega take advantage of this momentous anniversary.

Until then, I'll wear the more affordable Bulova Moonwatch instead and say to myself, "One day!" Perhaps for my own 50th celebration instead.

G.M. Norton

Protagonist of 'Norton of Morton'

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