As a follow-up to yesterday’s A Week On The Wrist review of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, we have an entirely different kind of story about a Speedy. Hopefully, this one will be going to (almost) space. Dustin Neikirk is a watch lover who grew up aspiring to be an astronaut, and while his dream never quite came true, he is now trying to make up for some lost time by sending an Omega Speedmaster into the stratosphere and filming the entire thing. The mission involves a weather balloon, some cameras, and of course a Speedmaster – and Neikirk is crowdfunding the entire thing.
We were a little shocked when we first heard about Neikirk’s project, but it’s exciting to think about. A balloon rig fitted with two GoPro cameras will take an Omega Speedmaster up to around 100,000 feet, high enough to see the curvature of the earth. This is about 80% as high as Felix Baumgartner’s near-space jump from last year, and will push the Speedmaster to the edge. The idea here is to see how the watch actually functions in these kinds of conditions, and one of the cameras will be focused on the dial, with the chronograph running, the entire time.
To fund the project, Neikirk has launched a GoFundMe page, which you can find right here. With a goal of $4,500, we hope to see Neikirk’s Speedmaster in the stratosphere soon. We recommend taking a closer look and we’ll have more coverage on this for you as the project develops.