Omega Speedmaster blasts into Bonhams sale

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The countdown to Bonhams’ eagerly anticipated Fine Watch Sale is continuing with news of another unique timepiece that will go under the hammer.

The sale, which takes place on December 10 in London, will auction an Omega Speedmaster designed to withstand being worn in outer space by German astronaut Reinhard Furrer.

The watch is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

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The stainless steel chronograph wristwatch was produced in 1978 but re-tested by NASA for the German funded 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission.

Astronauts including Furrer were provided with the watches and they were worn over their suit or Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU).

“The Omega Speedmaster has long been associated with Space and it’s a privilege to have in for sale such a rare watch with official NASA numbers and Omega verification. Over thirty years later the watch is in excellent working condition, and will provide a fascinating trophy for its next owner,” said Paul Maudsley, director of the Bonhams watch department.

The December Fine Watch Sale will feature a host of rare collectible timepieces including an
18ct gold Patek Philippe Minute Repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch (Reference:3974, estimate: £180,000-220,000); an 18ct gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch (Reference: 3970, estimate: £30,000-40,000); an 18ct gold Patek Reference chronograph wristwatch (Reference: 130, estimate: £25,000-35,000) and a limited edition rose gold calendar retrograde automatic wristwatch F.P. Journe, Octa Calendrier (£14,000-18,000).

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