When you think of the moon watch, you jump to the Omega Speedmaster, the NASA officially issued timepiece.
Government issued, and therefore Government property. Unsaleable. All except this one, Dave Scotts personal Bulova Wrist Chronograph which he wore on the Apollo 15 Lunar mission. It’s worn and moon dusty, it’s the watch Scott wore while he saluted the american flag at the start of his historic extravehicular activity. It’s the only privately held moon watch, and likely the most unique watch available for sale ever.
Scott relied on this watch during his expedition, especially during the third and final activity of the mission – One reliant on it’s time expenditure. This was specimen collection at Hadley Rille, which historically verified volcanic layering, taking stereo photographs at “Station 10”, and Commander Scott’s iconic “Galileo Test”. They needed sufficient time to depart the Moon and rendezvous with the Command Module in lunar orbit and the availability of this specific Bulova made sure that both the crew and Mission Control had confidence that the Lunar Module would depart successfully.
As cited from Scotts personal letter, “The Bulova Lunar EVA (Wrist) Chronograph and attached velcro wrist strap…was worn by me on the lunar surface during the third EVA of Apollo 15, and then in lunar orbit and return to Earth…The primary use of the wrist chronograph on the surface of the Moon was to track…the elapsed time of consumables use (oxygen, water, and battery) in the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) backpack…Our mission was to basically double the capabilities and requirements of previous missions, including especially the duration of EVAs outside the Lunar Module…At the moment of liftoff, I was fully responsible for the mission and the safety of my crew…Among the decisions I made, the monitoring and use of time was perhaps the most important…Time is of the essence during human lunar expeditions—and exploration time on the surface is limited by the oxygen and water (for cooling) we can carry in our backpacks…Knowledge of precise time remaining was essential…as a backup to the standard issued Omega chronograph, I carried and used a Bulova chronograph on the lunar surface…this unique strap was…worn during…each of my three EVAs on the lunar surface.”
This watch sold recently on the website RR Auction for an out-of-this-world $1,625,000.00 USD. Judging by the sale price I’m going to guess the buyer is in the Middle East, which is basically the moon anyways. Welcome home, moon watch. Needless to say, the buyer won’t be bringing this in to be serviced any time soon. It’s perfect just the way Scott left it.