NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The only privately-owned Bulova chronograph watch to be worn on the moon—by Apollo 15's Colonel Dave Scott in 1971—was snapped up for a record $1.625 million at a recent auction. "This is a historic moment not only for the collector community, but for Bulova Corporation as well," states Gregory Thumm, the company's president. Originally developed by dedicated Bulova engineers for lunar conditions, Scott's "moon watch" could—and did—perform flawlessly, withstanding pressures of changing atmospheric conditions, fluctuating temperatures and gravitational shifts. "It was genius!"
No doubt, it's a unique piece of history: the watch's Velcro and cloth strap showed the wear and tear of re-entry; had "residual lunar material"—that's moon dust—on its face; not to mention Bulova's legendary engineering that kept precise track of time to keep the space team alive! Still, that historic chronograph is out of reach for ordinary "earth people."
Until now. Taking inspiration from the original, Bulova's special edition moon watch chronograph replica is updated with exclusive UHF (Ultra High Frequency) quartz technology for ultimate timekeeping accuracy to seconds a year. Other features include a signature continuous-sweep second hand, super- luminous hands and markers, sapphire glass, tachymeter and calendar in a 316L stainless steel case, with water resistance to 50 meters. Two true-to-the-original interchangeable straps—one a textured black leather; the other, a strap with Velcro. Authentically recreated from the prototype, now reimagined for today's sensibility, the special edition replica is equal parts old-school-cool and modern style on the outside, and skilled-engineering savvy on the inside. Slated for a January 2016 introduction, its $550 MSRP doesn't shoot for the moon.
Bulova & NASA—A History of Precision. Bulova was an active partner with NASA's space programs in the 1960s and 1970s, and personally gifted the handmade watch to Scott for the Apollo 15 mission. Scott was the seventh man to walk on the moon and the first to drive the Lunar Rover on its surface. His personal Bulova chronograph—specifically customized for lunar conditions—was used to precisely track time, and ensure no one ran out of oxygen, water or battery power in the portable life support system backpack! That's no small feat.
Your needs may not be so lofty, but you still need a Bulova to keep you in style. Don't let time stand still—our Special Edition replica moon watch is destined to be tomorrow's new collectible—and it won't be around for long!
Founded in 1875, Bulova remains one of the world's most recognized brands, with a distinguished portfolio that includes Bulova, Bulova Accu•Swiss, Bulova Accutron II, Caravelle New York, Wittnauer watches, as well as licensed Harley-Davidson® Timepieces by Bulova watches, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® watches and clocks, and Bulova Clocks. Bulova is headquartered in New York City, with eight International offices and distribution in 65 markets. Still at the forefront of the timekeeping industry, Bulova is committed to advancing the art of watchmaking with extraordinary design, exclusive high-performance technology and enduring quality that upholds a tradition of excellence and meets the needs of global consumers today. For more information, visit www.bulova.com.