Bulova replica makes £1m moon watch accessible to mass market

Bulova has developed a replica of the famous Apollo 15 moon watch that fetched a record $1.625m (£1.16m) at auction last year.

The chronograph watch, worn by Apollo 15’s Colonel Dave Scott in 1971, made global headlines last year when it was put up for sale and went onto create history among the watch collector community.

Inspired by the surge of interest in the unique piece, Bulova designers went to work on creating a special edition moon watch chronograph replica, available at a fraction of the price that Scott’s timepiece went for.

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The $550 (£394) special edition line has been updated with exclusive UHF (Ultra High Frequency) quartz technology for ultimate timekeeping accuracy to seconds a year.

Other features include a signature continuous-sweep second hand, super- luminous hands and markers, sapphire glass, tachymeter and calendar in a 316L stainless steel case, with water resistance to 50 meters.

The company will be marketing the watch at next month’s Baselworld exhibition.

Bulova was an active partner with NASA’s space programs in the 1960s and 1970s, and personally gifted the handmade watch to Scott for the Apollo 15 mission.

Scott was the seventh man to walk on the moon and the first to drive the Lunar Rover on its surface.

His personal Bulova chronograph—specifically customized for lunar conditions—was used to precisely track time, and ensure nobody ran out of oxygen, water or battery power in the portable life-support system backpack.

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