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Philip
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posted 01-26-2022 03:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So far six wristwatch makes have been directly exposed to the harsh outer space environment:
  • 1965, June 03 Omega Speedmaster 105.003-63 (Gemini IV - Ed White)
  • 1966, Sept 13 Glycine Airman automatic (Gemini XI - Charles Conrad)
  • 1971, Aug 02 Bulova 88510 chronograph (Apollo 15 - David Scott)
  • 1994, Sept 09 Fortis Official Cosmonauts (Mir-16 - Yuri Malenchenko)
  • 2008, Sept 27 Fiyta chronograph (Shenzhou 7 - Zhai Zhigang)
  • 2008, Dec 23 Seiko Spacewalk Springdrive (ISS Exp 18 – Yuri Lonchakov)
  • 2022, Jan 19 Panerai Radiomir or Vostok (ISS Exp 66 – Anton Shkaplerov)
During the Jan. 19, 2022 spacewalk, we added the seventh brand to the list. The discussion goes on here if it was an Italian Panerai or Russian Vostok wristwatch.

Liembo
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posted 01-26-2022 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a good photo of the bezel:

Philip
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posted 02-04-2022 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
45 mm Panerai RadioMir PAM210, from Wrist Enthusiast:
During the 7-hour International Space Station walk feed from NASA, journalists saw something interesting and started passing around information trying to verify it. On the wrist of Russian Astronaut Anton Shkaplerov was a different kind of “Space Watch” - A Panerai.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-04-2022 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Panerai (via Instagram):
Further to the recent reveals of journalists and after serious check of the information, we are proud to confirm that the NASA has embarked a Panerai watch in the International Space Station.

The mission is still ongoing as it is organized from Oct 17th, 2021 up to March 28th, 2022.

As it has been covered by a 7 hours broadcast from the official stream of NASA TV on the 19 January 2022 at 6am, Russian Commander Anton Shkaplerov was wearing a Radiomir 45mm PAM210. The watch has been associated moreover to a mission as part of an Extra Vehicular Activity in the space.

The external temperature of an EVA goes from +121 degrees when exposed to the sun to -157 degrees when the astronaut is in the shadow.

If our timepieces have been tested since many years and in many occasions in the depth of various oceans, it is the very first time we have one of our watch in the space.

We are glad that one of our timepiece has been selected for this activity.

You will find below some pictures selected from the 7 hours of broadcasting.

The citation of NASA here is either mistaken or being used generically, as the flight of the Panerai appears to have had nothing to do with the U.S. space agency.

Philip
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posted 02-05-2022 03:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Currently an eighth wristwatch make was spotted during the September 3 spacewalk, worn by the cosmonaut in the red-striped Orlan space suit, Oleg Novitsky.

Probably a Russian make, we're working on the identification...

Mariner1824
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posted 02-07-2022 03:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mariner1824     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Others more learned may correct me if I’m wrong; but I understood it is now generally accepted that Ed Mitchell wore his personal Rolex GMT Master on his lunar surface EVAs during Apollo 14, in preference to his issue Speedmaster.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-07-2022 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mitchell wore his NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster on a Velcro strap on the outside of his spacesuit. He may have worn his Rolex under his spacesuit, but if so, he could neither see it nor use it during the moonwalks.

(I say "may" with regards to the Rolex, as my understanding is that the supposition is based on images of Mitchell captured in the lunar module between moonwalks, rather than Mitchell himself saying he did so.)

Mariner1824
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posted 02-07-2022 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mariner1824     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are of course correct Robert - his Speedmaster was indeed strapped to the outside of his spacesuit throughout, while his two GMT Masters were worn on the wrists and therefore underneath his spacesuit (visible, as you say, in various photos during pre-launch suit-up and in the LEM during the mission). Circumstantial evidence then rather than conclusive proof.

I had it in mind that he had subsequently stated somewhere that he did wear at least one of them on the surface (but presumably along with the Speedmaster); however unless someone else confirms the source material then it is perhaps just folklore.

At any rate, thanks for your clarification and memory bank (more accurate than mine, I’m sure.)

Philip
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posted 02-11-2022 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So far 8 wristwatch makes have been directly exposed to outer space:
  1. 1965, June 03 Omega Speedmaster 105.003-63 (Gemini IV - Ed White)
  2. 1966, Sept 13 Glycine Airman automatic (Gemini XI - Charles Conrad)
  3. 1971, Aug 02 Bulova 88510 chronograph (Apollo 15 - David Scott)
  4. 1994, Sept 09 Fortis Official Cosmonauts (Mir-16 - Yuri Malenchenko)
  5. 2008, Sept 27 Fiyta chronograph (Shenzhou 7 - Zhai Zhigang)
  6. 2008, Dec 23 Seiko Spacewalk Springdrive (ISS Exp 18 – Yuri Lonchakov)
  7. 2021, Sept 3 Black chronograph (ISS-65 - Oleg Novitsky)
  8. 2022, Jan 19 Panerai Radiomir or Vostok (ISS Exp 66 – Anton Shkaplerov)

Philip
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posted 02-15-2022 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Article with a link to a database on wristwatches used during spaceflight missions on HODINKEE.

On January 19th, 2022 at 6AM, Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov performed an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) from the International Space Station. On his wrist was a Panerai Radiomir 45mm PAM210; the first Panerai to have ever gone to space.

All that would be old news if you were following Robert Jackson's Watches Used In Space Exploration database. At 1,899 (and growing) entries, it's the most complete set of data regarding watches used in space.

Philip
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posted 04-18-2022 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During today's (April 18) spacewalk, Oleg Artemyev wearing a record three wristwatches over the red striped Orlan MKS space suit!

One looks like a Panerai Submersible. Two blue dial watches at his left-hand glove as well.

Philip
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posted 04-29-2022 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yesterday, we witnessed the 250th planned spacewalk outside the ISS!

Again during the April 28, 2022 spacewalk, we didn't clearly spot an Omega Speedmaster strapped over the forearms of the solid-torso Orlan MKS spacesuit worn by cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev.

Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev in the red-striped Orlan No. 5 spacesuit again (as on 18th April) wore a record three wristwatches over one Orlan spacesuit while Denis Matveev in the blue-striped Orlan MKS No. 4 spacesuit also seemed to wear personal choice of wristwatches.

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