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Philip
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posted 01-31-2018 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Exactly 47 years ago, Apollo 14 left Earth to become the third Apollo mission to land on the Moon. Both moonwalkers took some unusual items, as Alan Shepard brought a golf stick and balls with him while Edgar Mitchell took two Rolex GMT master wristwatches on this mission.

Any thoughts on the whereabouts of these "special" items?

Larry McGlynn
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posted 01-31-2018 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, the golf club is located at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, NJ. I helped with the appraisal on the club several years ago. The balls are still on the Moon.

If he carried some Rolex watches, I don't know where the Rolex watches went. I never saw them at Edgar's home. Edgar never mentioned them to me either. If they existed, then he may have donated them for sale at the Noetic Institute.

Philip
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posted 02-01-2018 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Larry, check MoonwatchUniverse for February 2017 for more.

Only 0.5 pounds per PPK/APK. The weight limit might have been the reason why Apollo 14 LMP Edgar Mitchell chose to strap two extra wristwatches on his wrist instead of putting these into his PPK?

Larry McGlynn
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posted 02-01-2018 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen Edgar's PPK lists. The watches would not be on them, because he used these watches in flight. Edgar wasn't the only one to carry multiple watches to the moon. He wasn't even the only one to carry a Rolex to the moon.

Without doing a serious study of watches carried to the moon, I would guess that Omega, Rolex and Bulova all made it to the moon.

Philip
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posted 02-01-2018 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In summary: Omega made it to the lunar surface on the wrist of 11 Apollo astronauts. Bulova and Rolex were lunar module flown.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-01-2018 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave Scott wore his Bulova watch out onto the lunar surface during the third Apollo 15 EVA, after his Omega Speedmaster was broken.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 02-01-2018 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would be correct Robert. There is even photographic evidence of the Bulova being on Dave Scott's wrist while on the surface.

I have held that watch and it was awful dusty.

Philip
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posted 02-03-2018 01:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course, that Bulova chronograph on its strap was auctioned in 2015 and made world news. I was thinking about the Bulova stopwatch used by Scott to time the 23 seconds DOI burn (Descent Orbit Insertion).

Larry McGlynn
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posted 02-03-2018 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh. Yes, that was in the LM.

You can read about it in the Watches of Apollo blog.

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