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Mike Dixon
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posted 07-17-2014 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Here's Buzz modeling the new Apollo 11 45th anniversary Omega Speedmaster
I like that tie.

TLIGuy
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posted 07-20-2014 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TLIGuy   Click Here to Email TLIGuy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Couldn't help but post this one today.

Philip
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posted 09-13-2014 04:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New Speedmaster? Dark Side of the Moon?

MOL
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posted 09-13-2014 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MOL   Click Here to Email MOL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not new — it has been out for about six months. Best price I have ever seen for it is $10k. It retails for $12k!!

Philip
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posted 09-20-2014 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not about being new but about mentioning the "dark side" of the Moon... they probably mean the far side of the Moon. LOL

toadboy65
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posted 09-30-2014 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for toadboy65   Click Here to Email toadboy65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife gave me a Speedmaster for our wedding, 25 years ago. I wanted a watch that I could not kill, and I was keen on the Apollo connection as well. I have worn it high in the Himalayas and down to 250 feet underwater. I was wearing it in Mogadishu in 93, In Iraq one and two, across Southeast Asia and Africa. It is almost part of my anatomy. My spare watch is a Breitling Aerospace.

kr4mula
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posted 10-01-2014 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice choices! My main watch is a Breitling Montbrillant Datora, but I'm keeping an eye out for the right vintage Speedy.

But it begs to ask...what is it that you do that takes you to all those places?

Tykeanaut
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posted 10-05-2014 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Mike Dixon:
I like that tie.
They are available from The Space Shop at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Tykeanaut
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posted 10-12-2014 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A quote from the book "Cold" by British explorer Ranulph Fiennes:
Watches destined for polar regions can be specially modified to withstand extremes of temperature. For example the Rolex Explorer II can upon request be equipped with a special lubricant that ensures that the watch is reliable in temperatures of minus 90 degrees C.
Did the Omega Speedmaster require any modifications such as this?

328KF
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posted 10-12-2014 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Speedmaster was used to help navigate to the North Pole on the 1968 Plaisted expedition. Reinhold Messner walked to the South Pole in 1989 wearing one. In both cases, temperatures were noted to be as low as -60 deg C.

Omega uses both expeditions in their advertising, but there is no mention of them being modified with special lubricants. A few years back Omega released the "Alaska Project" model which was essentially a standard watch with a special removable outer case.

The story goes that they were developing this as a model that could withstand extended periods in extreme cold, as would be encountered on lunar pole and crater explorations.

The Chinese developed the Fiyta "Spacemaster" for their first EVA. Among their claims, is that the manufacturer "invented a specially formulated lubricant which allows the watch to continue working... temperature range of -80° to +80° Celsius (a first in the world)."


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