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Golden Omega Speedmaster that spent a year orbiting Earth appears at auction

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Antiquorum’s spring auction in Geneva will sell a piece of space history in the form of a rare yellow gold and black Omega Speedmaster “MIR” station.

The watch is one of the rarest Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatches” ever produced, and has the added appeal from having spent a year in space on the MIR station from July 1993 to July 1994.

There were 35 MIR Watches produced. They were taken to the Mir space station to determine the long-term effect of zero gravity on a watch’s movement.

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After one year in space, the watches were returned to Omega and were all found to be functioning perfectly.

Only five of the 42mm Ref. BA145.0052.035A in 18ct yellow gold with leather bracelets were made, and an additional two with a gold bracelet.

The example on the block with Antiquorum on May 4 in Geneva is number five out of the seven gold pieces.

It has been owned by its original purchaser back in 1995 and is said to have been worn only occasionally, leaving it unpolished and in near new condition.

Antiquorum has given the watch a pre-auction estimate of CHF 100,000 to 200,000.

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