October 1977… Omega Alaska Project II Speedmaster into space!
October 9, 1977 the Soyuz-25 cosmonauts Vladimir Kovalyonok & Valery Ryumin wore the large Omega Alaska Project II Speedmaster chronograph with red distinctive outer case. The crew was destined to Russia’s new Salyut-6 space station but they failed to hard dock and returned to Earth after 2 days 44 minutes in space…
Originally, Omega had designed the Alaska Project Speedmaster as the ultimate space wristwatch to be worn by the Apollo astronauts on a bumpy Lunar Rover in the radiation-rich & dusty lunar environment.
However, by September 1970 the Apollo 18 to 20 missions were cancelled and Omega management proposed the Alaska Project Speedmaster to the Soviet-Russian space program, during which it was used at least twice and possibly on the July 29, 1978 spacewalk !