Friday, 15 April 2011

Five iconic watches made on Earth, worn to space

Five iconic watches made on Earth, worn to space:

watches flown to space

While we have seen some of the most intricate and impressive luxury watches inspired from the space theme, it seems to the time to take a quick look at those watches that were made on Earth and worn to space by the astronauts. The space age officially began 50 years ago when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into the outer space, and as a tribute, we have listed some of the watches that made their way into the space.

1. Omega Speedmaster

buzz aldrin omega speedmaster

The manual winding Omega Speedmaster was worn during the first American spacewalk during Gemini 4 and it was also the first watch worn on the moon during NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. The Omega Speedmaster was strapped to Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit when he landed on the moon.

2. Tag Heuer Stopwatch

tag heuer stop watch

When U.S. astronaut John Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7″ spacecraft on the first manned U.S. orbital mission in 1962, he was wearing a Heuer stopwatch Reference 2915A. To make it fit over the spacesuit, there were elastic bands attached to it. With the same, TAG Heuer became the first Swiss watchmaker in space.

3. Breitling Navitimer

breitling navitimer

This is the first watch worn by an American in space. Scott Carpenter wore his Breitling Navitimer on the Aurora 7 Mission on May 24, 1962. Moreover, it’s the first space watch featuring a 24-hour display. The company, at that time, decided to continue with the production of this model and named it Cosmonaute Navitimer.

4. Sturmanskie Sputnik

yuri gagarin sturmanskie sputnik limited edition

While the first watch on moon was an Omega Speedmaster, the very first watch worn to space was the Poljot Sturmanskie Sputnik, which was on the hands of Russian cosmonaut when he became the first human to journey into the outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961.

5. Strela chronograph

alexi leonov strela watch

In 1965, when cosmonaut Alexi Leonov became the first astronaut to walk in space, he was wearing the Strela chronograph. He spent 12 minutes and 9 seconds outside the spacecraft. The watch was discontinued in 1979.

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