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German Astronaut's Omega Speedmaster


Fine Watches and Wristwatches
10 Dec 2014
London, New Bond Street

A watch specially designed for outer space, and worn by German astronaut Reinhard Furrer, will be offered at the Fine Watch auction on 10 December at Bonhams New Bond Street.

Made to withstand the extremities of outer space, the stainless steel chronograph wristwatch was produced in 1978, but re-tested by NASA for the German funded 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Astronauts including Furrer were provided with the watches, and they were worn over their suit or Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU).

NASA equipment, including watches, had to be rigorously re-tested. Omega submitted watches for certification, and every NASA project Omega handled was given the code name 'Alaska'. The present watch was from the 'Alaska III' project.

Paul Maudsley, Director of the Bonhams Watch Department, said: 'The Omega Speedmaster has long been associated with Space, and it's a privilege to have in for sale such a rare watch with official NASA numbers and Omega verification.

'Over thirty years later, the watch is in excellent working condition, and will provide a fascinating trophy for its next owner.'

Other highlights from the auction include a very rare 18ct gold Patek Philippe Minute Repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch, estimated at £180,000-220,000, an 18ct gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch, estimated at £30,000-40,000), and an 18ct gold Patek Reference chronograph wristwatch estimated at £25,000-35,000.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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