Omega. A fine and historically important stainless steel manual wind chronograph watch owned by the late Reinhard Furrer, German Spacelab Astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, then gifted to Wubbo Johannes Ockels, Dutch Astronaut also on board the STS-61A Challenger in 1985 Speedmaster, Ref: 145.022. Production: October 24th 1978, Movement No.44.818.026, Case No.SN1027 number 27 of 56 pieces produced for NASA in 1978 under the title "Alaska III," the special case produced in the U.S.A for NASA, together with Omega Extract of the Archives

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Omega. A fine and historically important stainless steel manual wind chronograph watch owned by the late Reinhard Furrer, German Spacelab Astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, then gifted to Wubbo Johannes Ockels, Dutch Astronaut also on board the STS-61A Challenger in 1985
Speedmaster, Ref: 145.022. Production: October 24th 1978, Movement No.44.818.026, Case No.SN1027 number 27 of 56 pieces produced for NASA in 1978 under the title "Alaska III," the special case produced in the U.S.A for NASA, together with Omega Extract of the Archives

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 27,000 - 41,000
Withdrawn
Omega. A fine and historically important stainless steel manual wind chronograph watch owned by the late Reinhard Furrer, German Spacelab Astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, then gifted to Wubbo Johannes Ockels, Dutch Astronaut also on board the STS-61A Challenger in 1985
Speedmaster, Ref: 145.022. Production: October 24th 1978, Movement No.44.818.026, Case No.SN1027 number 27 of 56 pieces produced for NASA in 1978 under the title "Alaska III," the special case produced in the U.S.A for NASA, together with Omega Extract of the Archives
Jewelled Cal.861 manual wind chronograph movement, rare matt black radial dial with baton hour markers, white outer 1/5th second divisions, white pointed baton hands with luminous inserts and arrow tipped centre chronograph hand, subsidiary dials for running seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour recording, a unique absence of "Swiss-Made" printing at 6, faceted tonneau shaped case made in the USA for NASA by the Star Watch Case Company, with screw down back, black bezel with tachymetre scale, shouldered crown flanked by twin pushers, case back engraved with NASA production number P/N SED12100312-301 S/N 1027 engraved on the reverse, later fitted 1171 Omega link bracelet with signed folding clasp, case, dial and movement signed
41mm.

Footnotes

  • In 1978, with the run up to the launch of the Space Shuttle programme between 1981-2011, all equipment, including watches had to be rigorously retested once more. Omega submitted 3 watches for certification. They consisted of the Speedmaster Professional Ref:145.022, the Speedmaster Speedsonic and the Omega Chronograph Ref:11003. On the 2nd November 1978, NASA announced the winner, and this was once again the mechanical Speedmaster Professional. NASA ordered 56 pieces and this particular example is number 27 of the 56.
    This watch was used and owned by Reinhard Furrer up until his death in 1995. It has been well documented that Rienhard wore a Sinn 140 chronograph but we are not sure how and when this particular NASA supplied watch came into his possession. When he passed away, it was then given by his wife to his good friend and fellow Astronaut also on the 1985 mission Mr Wubbo Ockels. Mr Ockels then kept the watch, wearing it very rarely and quite unawares of its significance in history. He then passed it to his son who researched the piece further. Wubbo Ockels is said to have confirmed verbally that the watch was used in space and this was said to be backed up by James H. Ragan (Head of NASA equipment during the shuttle period) at the Noordwijk Space Expo Event in October 2013.
    Further documentation currently on line shows a copy of the book 'NASA EVA Tools and Equipment Reference book', dated November 1993 by Richard K.Fullerton, EVA Section Mission Operations Directorate. It lists many items from stowage bags to hooks, and each one carries a full listing. This particular watch and its technical information is listed showing its case back number SED12100312-301 (see illustration)

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Omega. A fine and historically important stainless steel manual wind chronograph watch owned by the late Reinhard Furrer, German Spacelab Astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, then gifted to Wubbo Johannes Ockels, Dutch Astronaut also on board the STS-61A Challenger in 1985 Speedmaster, Ref: 145.022. Production: October 24th 1978, Movement No.44.818.026, Case No.SN1027 number 27 of 56 pieces produced for NASA in 1978 under the title "Alaska III," the special case produced in the U.S.A for NASA, together with Omega Extract of the Archives
Omega. A fine and historically important stainless steel manual wind chronograph watch owned by the late Reinhard Furrer, German Spacelab Astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, then gifted to Wubbo Johannes Ockels, Dutch Astronaut also on board the STS-61A Challenger in 1985 Speedmaster, Ref: 145.022. Production: October 24th 1978, Movement No.44.818.026, Case No.SN1027 number 27 of 56 pieces produced for NASA in 1978 under the title "Alaska III," the special case produced in the U.S.A for NASA, together with Omega Extract of the Archives
Omega. A fine and historically important stainless steel manual wind chronograph watch owned by the late Reinhard Furrer, German Spacelab Astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, then gifted to Wubbo Johannes Ockels, Dutch Astronaut also on board the STS-61A Challenger in 1985 Speedmaster, Ref: 145.022. Production: October 24th 1978, Movement No.44.818.026, Case No.SN1027 number 27 of 56 pieces produced for NASA in 1978 under the title "Alaska III," the special case produced in the U.S.A for NASA, together with Omega Extract of the Archives
Omega. A fine and historically important stainless steel manual wind chronograph watch owned by the late Reinhard Furrer, German Spacelab Astronaut on board the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, then gifted to Wubbo Johannes Ockels, Dutch Astronaut also on board the STS-61A Challenger in 1985 Speedmaster, Ref: 145.022. Production: October 24th 1978, Movement No.44.818.026, Case No.SN1027 number 27 of 56 pieces produced for NASA in 1978 under the title "Alaska III," the special case produced in the U.S.A for NASA, together with Omega Extract of the Archives
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