Amongst watch fans, collectors, and nearly everybody in between, the beneath photograph of Buzz Aldrin photograph contained in the lunar module, carrying his Omega Speedmaster (Ref. 105.012), through the lunar touchdown mission has maybe develop into as iconic because the timepiece featured.
July 20, 1969: Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. and his Speedmaster through the lunar touchdown mission. The image was taken by Neil A. Armstrong, previous to the touchdown. Picture credit score: NASA
On July twenty first, the NASA-approved Speedmaster turned “the primary watch worn on the Moon,” or just the “Moonwatch” (extra element on this right here, right here and right here ), however the well-known chronograph was neither the primary watch in area, nor the final one which traveled to the one place in our photo voltaic system, aside from Earth, the place people have visited. Listed below are six history-making timepieces that additionally performed a big position in conquering the infinite vastness of area:
Fortis Cosmonaut Chronograph
In 2003, the “Official Cosmonauts Chronograph” from Fortis was launched into area. Its predecessor, the 38-mm 605.22.142 with Lemania 5100, was the primary watch to be utilized for area missions by Roscosmos. Picture supply: Fortis
The primary watch for use for area missions by Russia’s Roscosmos State Company for Area Actions was the 38-mm Cosmonauts Chronograph from Fortis in 1994 (powered by the Lemania 5100 motion). Surprisingly, Fortis had initially designed the chronograph as a restricted version for an artwork undertaking. The present model is the B-42 Official Cosmonauts Chronograph (Ref. 638.10.11) with Valjoux motion, launched in 2003. It has been utilized by Russian area vacationers for greater than 20 years — at one level whilst a makeshift hammer (after a cosmonaut had forgotten his instruments on the ISS).
Sinn Chronograph 142
The Sinn Chronograph 140 makes use of a big 44-mm metal case completed with both a sandblasted or a matte black PVD coating.
German Astronaut and physicist Reinhard Furrer wore his private black-PVD 140S through the Spacelab Mission D1, in 1985. This chronograph from Sinn was powered by the Lemania 5100 motion (which is now not manufactured at the moment); for the present model (Ref. 140.020 and 140.030), Sinn developed a module for the Valjoux 7750 that positioned the stop-minute perform within the heart of the motion.
Seiko Pace-Timer 6139-6009
The Seiko 5 Sports activities Pace-Timer was launched in Might 1969 because the world’s first mass manufacturing automated chronograph. Picture credit score: Heritage Auctions
Already a robust contender within the race to convey the primary automated chronograph to the market in 1969 (learn extra on the historical past of Seiko chronographs right here), Japan’s Seiko additionally made its mark in area. American astronaut and pilot of the Skylab 4 mission, William Reid “Invoice” Pogue, boarded the longest area flight, on the time, to be carried out, whereas carrying the Seiko Pace-Timer 6139–6002. After 84 days, Skylab 4 and the Seiko on Pogue’s wrist landed.
Breitling Navitimer Ref. 809
The a hundred and twenty fifth anniversary version of the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute (2009).
One of many unique seven astronauts to orbit the Earth thrice within the Aurora 7 spacecraft, American astronaut Scott Carpenter launched into area on Might 24, 1962, making him the second American in orbit. He wore a modified Breitling Navitimer (Ref. 809) made from chrome steel on his wrist that featured a Venus 178 hand-wound caliber, specifically transformed for Breitling. Fifty years later, Breitling launched a restricted version of that watch, which had develop into often called the Navitimer Cosmonaute. Just like the watch from 1962, it had a 24-hour show, a slide rule bezel, and a manual-winding motion. For more information on the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute, click on right here.
Heuer Stopwatch 2915A
A better have a look at the Heuer 2915A worn by John Glenn.
American astronaut John Glenn wore the Heuer stopwatch (Ref. 2915A), connected by rubber bands, over his spacesuit. The stopwatch accompanied the astronaut thrice all over the world on February 22, 1962, on his practically four-and-a-half-hour “Friendship 7” mission. This makes it the primary Swiss timepiece in area and the second on a regular basis watch that has ever accompanied an area traveler after the Shturmanskie worn by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The 2915A was by no means produced in excessive numbers, making it nearly unattainable to seek out. If the design and historical past fascinate you, the model launched the restricted version TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 SpaceX Chronograph, with solely 2,012 items produced, in 2012, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Luna mission. The chronograph takes its design cues from the 2915A and options a picture of the Friendship 7 capsule, each on the dial and throughout the show caseback. Click on right here to learn extra concerning the 2915A.
Rolex GMT Grasp 1675 with Pepsi bezel.
Whereas the Speedmaster was the official watch issued by NASA, some astronauts introduced their very own watches alongside: In the course of the Apollo missions, the Rolex GMT-Grasp was worn by astronauts resembling Alan Shepherd, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and Eugene Cernan. NASA Apollo 17 astronaut Ronald Evans introduced this mannequin with him on the final crewed moon mission in 1972. Whereas the design has modified little or no during the last 60 years, the newest reissue of the “Pepsi” GMT-Grasp II is the reincarnation of the traditional in its unique type. Rolex has improved the know-how inside and supplies even larger worth with an extended energy reserve. Should you want Pepsi over Coke, try our hands-on overview of the GMT traditional, right here.