5 space watches that are out of this world

5 space watches that are out of this world

The most famous The Omega Speedmaster is without a doubt a space watch. So famous, in fact, is one of the few iconic timetables that enjoys instant recognition far beyond watch aficionados.

What is less well known is the actual tests that NASA passed the original 321 Speedmaster. At the beginning of its Gemini program in 1961, NASA realized that astronauts needed a watch that could handle the temperatures and the massive forces that suffered during space flight. So, in October 1964, wristwatch manufacturers were notified and asked to install watches that they thought would work for space missions. Only four brands were brave enough to listen to the call: Hamilton, Rolex, Longines, and Omega.

NASA immediately canceled Hamilton's entry. A little bafflingly, the company had replaced a watch with a pocket watch. The space agency then put the Rolex, Longines, and Omega applications through 11 experiments designed to simulate conditions in space and on the moon itself.

These endurance tests included 48 hours at 70 ° C followed by 30 minutes at 93 ° C, then four hours at 1818 ° C; fifteen 45-minute cycles respectively between 71 ° C and -18 ° C; acceleration from stop to 7.25 g within five minutes, then 16 g for 30 seconds, accompanied by three axes; vibration from 5 to 2,000 Hz across three axes, with an acceleration of at least 8.8 g's; and disinfection for 90 minutes in a vacuum close to 10-6 air.

Both Rolex and Longines failed at the high-temperature tests, but the Omega continued to work through all 11 tests, and was duly certified by NASA. Responds, therefore, that it makes our list below of the selected group of five watches related to space events.

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