I was visiting my grandmother when I found a medallion on her dresser. Intrigued by the NASA seal, I asked her what it was. "Oh, that’s a piece of the Apollo lunar lander. It was your grandfather’s," she said matter-of-factly. He worked for NASA at the height of the Space Race. Holding that piece of history in my hand, all I could think about were the first astronauts, strapped to rockets and launched into the dark unknown. Armed with ingenuity and a bit of luck, they depended on some rudimentary technology. In fact, their watches were more sophisticated than many of their computers.
The first watches in space were made for true explorers. When astronaut Scott Carpenter used one these space age watches to time his orbit of the Earth in 1962, the watch traveled at over 17,532 mph. And they had style to match their function. With slick black dials and stainless steel cases, they looked right at home in the new space capsules.
One of these watches recently sold at auction for $10,000. Now we’re offering our Sigma Automatic timepiece for what it would have cost in 1969. The luminous hands over its black face are perfect for reading in the dark of space. And with its 22-jewel automatic movement and Cotswold™ crystal exhibition back, this watch has all the right stuff for your next adventure.