Bulova’s storied relationship with NASA and its prestigious involvement in the U.S. space program takes center stage in the release of the Bulova Lunar Pilot Meteorite timepiece, a remarkable addition to Bulova’s Archive Series. Priced at $1,495, this limited edition wristwatch is a striking homage to the watchmaker’s role in the space race, notably the clandestine lunar mission.
In 1971, Bulova sent one of its chronographs to the moon aboard the Apollo 15 mission. Unexpectedly, due to an incident with NASA’s official timepiece, the mission commander ended up wearing Bulova’s prototype chronograph during one of his moonwalks. Decades later, the watch was auctioned by former NASA astronaut David Scott for a staggering $1.625 million. To commemorate this iconic journey, Bulova introduced its Lunar Pilot series, with the Meteorite Lunar Pilot being the latest addition.
This remarkable timepiece, mirroring the size (43.5 mm) of the moon-worn original, features a captivating two-tone dial made from the Muonionahusta meteorite, one of the oldest meteorite types known, dating back approximately 4.5 billion years. Collected in Northern Scandinavia in 1906, the meteorite was sliced to reveal the intricate crystalline patterns formed over millennia.
Complementing its celestial origins, the watch boasts an NP20 High Precision Quartz (HPQ) chronograph movement, Super Luminous hands, a tachymeter scale, and a lunar relief design on the case back. Limited to 5,000 pieces, each Bulova Lunar Pilot Meteorite is an exclusive and numbered keepsake, accompanied by a storybook, a luxurious dark wood gift box, and an official Bulova certificate of authenticity, making it a timeless statement of man’s connection to the cosmos.
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