Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Swiss watch brand Omega and Sonraj leading importer of watches and luxury accessories in Pakistan hosted an event in honor of the Apollo 11 mission with the introduction of Speedmaster Moonwatch. The celebration took place at in Karachi at Dolmen Mall, Clifton where Apollo theme based KIOS consisting of Apollo 11 historical event as well as Speedmaster Moonwatch were featured.
At the event, prominent Pakistani based in the Principality of Monaco, Namira Salim, who is renowned
internationally as the First Pakistani to go to Space aboard Virgin Galactic, the first private space line of
the world was joined by Pakistani actors Ayesha Omar, Ghana Ali, Zhalay Sarhadi as well as father son
duo; Behroz and Shehroz Sabwazi.
Ramiz Sattar and Ayesha Omar
Ramiz Sattar and Shehroz Sabzwari
Speaking about the re-introduction of OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch, Sonraj CEO, Rameez Sattar said: “Sonraj is the leading importer of watches in Pakistan and dedicated to providing the people with the finest selection of luxury accessories since 1976. Celebrating 50 Years of Apollo 11 Landing through our organisation concept – AM:PM we are delighted to introduce Speedmaster Moonwatch in collaboration with OMEGA within Pakistan.”
Namira Salim and Ramiz Sattar
Namira Salim and Ayesha Omar
On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, Namira Salim, thanked Mr.
Rameez Sattar CEO Sonraj and Omega for appointing her as a Friend of the Brand and highlighted that
“the NewSpace Age will soon see the First woman land on the moon and as a future Astronaut, I am
looking forward to seeing Omega launch the first edition of a ladies Moonwatch for the next generation
of female astronauts who will rove on the lunar surface and beyond.”
Namira Salim, Rameez Sattar and Zhalay Sarhadi
Shehroz Sabzwari,Namira Salim,Behroz Sabzwari and Rameez Sattar
About Namira Salim
Namira Salim, a Space Diplomat, Future Astronaut, Pioneering Polar Explorer and Artist, is a prominent Pakistani based in the Principality of Monaco since 1997. She is well renowned as the first South Asian to go to space aboard Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic –the first private space-line of the world.
In March 2006, Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group, personally introduced Namira to the world press as one of the earliest Founders and Future Astronauts of Virgin Galactic. Being an example of early consumer confidence, Namira’s membership landed Virgin its biggest investor in Aabar PJS of Abu Dhabi, worth US$380 million. Subsequently, in August 2006, the Government of Pakistan, officially launched Namira to the nation as the “First Pakistani Astronaut” making her an instant source of inspiration for women and youth. In October 2007, she successfully qualified to go to space after completing her spaceflight training at the world´s largest centrifuge in the United States.
Namira holds an Ivy League Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Her diplomatic efforts lead to the historic accreditation between Pakistan & Monaco in February 2009. Subsequently, in August 2011, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, accepted Namira Salim’s nomination as the first Honourary Consul of Pakistan to the Principality of Monaco.
In November 2015, Namira launched her non-profit organization, Space Trust to promote Space as the New Frontier for Peace, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Deputy Executive Director of Roscosmos (The Russian Federal Space Agency) and Former Chairman of SUPARCO, National Space Agency of Pakistan. Namira’s work as Founder and Executive Chairperson of Space Trust, has carved her into a Space Diplomat for engaging Heads of State and Heads of Government to utilize space as a sustainable tool for peacemaking on Earth, in support of Space2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda of 2030, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Apollo 11 and Omega
It was 50 years ago on 21 July 1969, that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on the moon.
Although Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot upon the Moon, he left his 105.012 Speedmaster inside the lunar module as a backup, because the Lunar Model’s electronic timer had malfunctioned. Therefore, Buzz Aldrin’s Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the Moon.
The ingenious Speedmaster technology was vital for getting astronauts to the moon. While they were used throughout the early manned Apollo program, the manual winding Speedmaster Professional or “Moonwatch” is the best-known as “The First Watch Worn on the Moon.”
To commemorate that moment on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 this year, Omega created 6,969 pieces of the Speedmaster and re-created a limited edition of 1,014 of the original 18 Karat gold editions of the Speedmaster, which were given by NASA to the first Astronauts, who went to the moon.