Omega Speedmaster Professional - Simon Pegg - How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
In the movie How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, the main character played by Simon Pegg receives an Omega Speedmaster Professional as a gift. It is the classic standard version, with steel bracelet, reference number 3570.50.00.
There's something interesting about this appearance of the watch in this movie. During the scene where Simon Pegg's character Sidney Young enjoys the benefits of being a popular celebrity magazine writer, he receives many gifts including a watch. We see Sidney opening a typical Omega box, and a close-up of the watch inside. Strangely enough, a different model Omega can be seen in different versions of the movie (see images on the left). In some versions, we see an Omega Speedmaster Professional, but in another version, we can see an Omega Seamaster. In one of the later scenes of the film, Sidney is clearly wearing the Omega Speedmaster Professional, so why the close-up of the watch has been changed in some versions of the film, is unknown.
In the first scene of the movie, the voice-over of Sidney Young mentions the watch, saying "...that's an Omega Speedmaster Pro I'm wearing..."
About the Omega Speedmaster Professional
The Omega Speedmaster Professional, also known as the "Moonwatch", is a manual winding chronograph introduced in 1957 and made famous by its selection by NASA for the Apollo Program. The Omega Speedmaster was the first watch worn on the moon, as Buzz Aldrin wore his Speedmaster 145.012 fitted with the Omega 321 caliber on 20 July 1969. (Neil Armstrong left his Speedmaster inside the landing module "Eagle" during his famous first walk). It is the only watch flight-qualified for EVA use by NASA and it's also the watch chosen for use in outer space by the Russian space agency NPO Energia.