The first and only personal watch worn by NASA astronaut has fetched $1.6 million at an auction. Astronaut Dave Scott wore his Bulova Chronograph watch on his third walk on the Moon after his NASA given Omega watch got damaged. Due to this extremely rare incident, the watch became one of its kind and got sold for a premium price.
Dave Scott, the commander of the Apollo 15 mission, wore the watch while he was sent to the Moon on a manned lunar mission in 1971. Every astronaut gets Omega Speedmaster watch for the mission and they wear the same watch every time they step out of their spacecraft and land on the lunar surface. However, after the second walk on the Moon, while entering in the cabin Scott noticed that crystal of his watch was missing. So, on the third walk he wore his personal Bulova Chronograph watch and it is the only watch that has been wear by any man while walking on the Moon ever.
Since, the watch is one its kind and extremely rare, thus the Boston-based RR Auction estimated it to sell between $750,000 and $1 million. However, the bidding smashed the auction house’s pre-sale estimates and final bidding stopped at $1,625,000. Watch went to the Florida businessman who kept his name annoyous.
Since, the watch is more than three decades old and Scott wore it on the Moon where it got corroded, the Bulova watch is in very bad condition and boasts lot of wear and tear marks. Exposure to salt water after splashdown on return to Earth also contributed to the wear ans tear. While commenting on the sale, an official from the auction house said that the watch is worth what it sold for. Although the watch is not in good condition now, but apart from being rare, it played a crucial role in the safety of the mission as time was a very crucial parameter.
“Among the decisions I made, the monitoring of time was perhaps most important”, said 83-year-old Scott in a detailed five-page letter that accompanied the sale. From the third walk till the mission completed, Scott wore his Bulova chronograph watch.
Headquartered in New York, Bulova is one the most prestigious and recognized watch-making companies founded in 1875. Back in 1912, Bulova was the first company to have standardized production of watches.
Moreover, the Apollo 15 mission began on July 26, 1971, and ended on August 7. The mission landed near Hadley rille, in an area of the Mare Imbrium called Palus Putredinus (Marsh of Decay). Commander David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin spent three days on the Moon, including 18½ hours outside the spacecraft on lunar extra-vehicular activity (EVA). Apollo 15’s third lunar excursion lasted four hours, 49 minutes and 50 seconds.