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  • Bulova Stopwatch that was used to tell time on the Moon up for sale : $200k only

    May 4, 2011 | Posted by

    If you must have a watch or time piece that scarcely anyone else has , then you could buy one of those special editions or limited editions. But if you must have a watch that is truly unique in all aspects, then you could try this Bulova. Unlike others which derive their exclusivity by being studded with jewels, diamonds and gold ; this one is relatively plain looking. Until you are told that this is the same specimen that was used by astronaut Dave Scott (of the Apollo 15 fame) to tell time on the moon. It was specially made by Bulova to be used inside the Command Module Endeavor and the Lunar Module Falcon. If you are still hankering for a limited edition, then I could recommend the Gagarin limited edition timepiece which is also related to the space theme.


    The watch was critical in the success of the mission which is explained as follows : The watch was used to time the duration of the Descent Orbit Insertion maneuver and to time the rendezvous maneuvers after launch from the lunar surface. The DOI maneuver had to be terminated within 0.3 seconds of the planned 24.5 seconds to ensure that the spacecraft would not impact the moon (as indicated by the small strip of tape on the face of the timer). The timer could also be used with the rendezvous back-up charts to ensure the LM could join the CSM in lunar orbit after the crew launched from the lunar surface.

    NASA has confirmed that hte stopwatch was indeed on board during the mission. However NASA had at the time held back from revealing the manufacturer’s name to avoid commercialisation. With its bright, clear dial and large plungers and crown, the Bulova stopwatch was considered ideal for double-checking the duration of engine burns.

    The watch is initialled DRS which are Scotts initials. The watch comes with the original box and papers. Bonhams which is handling the auction claims that very few time pieces have made it to the moon and back. Of those few, hardly any would make it to the auctions. So if you do desire a piece of history, then bid for this watch. For its highly unlikely that another will come up for sale within our lifetimes. The stopwatch, with Scott’s signed provenance note, has a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 to 180,000.

    Its too bad that the spaceship from Russia is already sold, otherwise it would have been real handy to complete the collection for any billionaire space fan.

    Also, at the same auction are to be other space related memoribalie up for auction. The most notable amongst them include

  • A Russian spacesuit, Sokol K, worn by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, Commander of the Soyuz 19 Spacecraft, during the historic Apollo-Soyuz Test Project on July 15-19, 1975. This mission represented a symbolic end to the Space Race. Estimate, $100,000-150,000;
  • A Russian spacesuit, Sokol KV-2, used by cosmonaut Gennadi Strekalov on the Soyuz TM 10, from August 1 to December 10, 1990, during a mission to the Mir space station. Estimate, $60,000-80,000;
  • Apollo 14 Maurer Camera, from the personal collection of Edgar Mitchell, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14 and the sixth person to walk on the Moon. This 16mm Maurer Data Acquisition Camera was used to film movies through the Lunar Module Pilot’s window during the approach and landing of the Lunar Module. Estimate, $60,000-80,000;
  • Apollo 14 Tissue Dispenser, flown into orbit to the moon. Estimate, $6,000-8,000.
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