Post by Accutronitis on Jan 31, 2018 11:44:42 GMT -8
Scott Carpenter, Mercury astronaut, on the cover of "Paris Match" magazine in 1962, wearing his 1962 1st gen Accutron Astronaut. You can clearly see the white spade WS-25 handset and the black "simple" dial (no dots between the hour markers) neither of which have any luminous paint on them, that makes the 1962 Accutron Astronaut 1st Gen watch so extremely rare, Very few are known to exist !
-The 1962 Astronaut was the official watch of the pilots of the experimental X-15, the ancestor of technologies as diverse as the SR-71 Blackbird and the Space Shuttle. Neil Armstrong was once an X-15 pilot. The first winged vehicle in space, altitude record of the X-15 has only been surpassed by the Space Shuttle and the recent Spaceship One.
-Omar Bradley, of WWII fame, was head of the company during the glory days of NASA and lobbied to have Accutrons replace the Omega Speedmaster. He wasn't successful, but the Apollo 11 astronauts did place a number of Accutron movements on the Sea of Tranquility in 1969.