Lot #7545
Gene Cernan's Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 Chronograph

Gene Cernan's handsome Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 Chronograph—a red gold-and-steel wristwatch steeped in history

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Estimate: $15000+

Description

Gene Cernan's handsome Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 Chronograph—a red gold-and-steel wristwatch steeped in history


Gene Cernan's personally-owned and -worn Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 steel-and-red gold chronograph wristwatch, presented to him as part of his 2008 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, and engraved on the caseback, "Eugene 'Gene' Cernan, RNSA 2008." The distinctive timepiece features a brown dial graced by a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder along with a central chronograph and 'broad arrow' hour and minute hands, as well as a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. There is a date window at the 6 o’clock position. The 18K red gold bezel, with its tachymetric scale and 18K red gold pushers and crown, is mounted on a 42 mm stainless steel casebody and presented on a brown leather strap. At the heart of this timepiece is the self-winding Co-Axial calibre 3313 which is visible through the transparent caseback. In fine condition. Accompanied by a booklet documenting Cernan's receipt of the 2008 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (for which Omega Watches was a sponsor), as well as some images of Cernan wearing the watch; it is seen on his wrist during an interview in the 2014 documentary film The Last Man on the Moon.

The Omega Speedmaster is steeped in history as the original 'Moon Watch,' extensively tested and qualified by NASA for use on the lunar surface. This special anniversary model, honoring the debut of the Speedmaster in 1957, and imbued with luxurious hues of brown, red gold, and silver, is an exceptionally desirable watch in its own right. That it was presented to Apollo 17 moonwalker Gene Cernan, recognizing his heroic achievements as an astronaut, makes it that much more remarkable.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space Exploration
  • Dates: #646 - Ended October 20, 2022