SEIKO's new commemorative Spring Drive Spacewalk


2015-06-26 11:42:33


SEIKO's new commemorative Spring Drive Spacewalk

The 100-limited special edition is identical to the watch worn by the first 'private spacewalker'

In October 2008, Richard Garriott, the renowned video game designer and adventurer, became the sixth private space explorer.

Richard's space mission included a trip to the International Space Station and a spacewalk, making him the first private individual to do so.

And that's not all, he also did his spacewalk wearing a fine timepiece: the SEIKO Spring Drive Spacewalk.

Commemorative SEIKO Spring Drive SpacewalkA near-replica of the SEIKO worn in space

To markthe mission's success, Garriott has encouraged SEIKO to produce a commemorative edition ofhis watch to be presented around the world,to increaseawarenessof the need for more private space exploration.

Now that the capability of the watch has been proven beyond doubt in its five and a half hours in space, SEIKO will produce its commemorative watch so that it can be made available in early 2010.

Just 100 pieces will be produced.

The watch will have the same specifications as the watch Garriott worein space, with one adaptation: a screw-in crown will be used.

The original specification of the crown was not screw-in, as the engineers were concerned about the self-winding functionality of the watch in a zero-gravity environment, and had chosen a non-screw-in crown for ease of manual winding.

However, the self-winding mechanism was later found to work flawlessly in space, so a screw-in crownwill beused in the commemorative edition to enhance the overall security of the case.

Aserial number will be engraved on the case back, and the watch will be offered in its own customized presentation box.

Richard Garrett launched aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station as a self-funded tourist, returning 12 days later aboard Soyuz TMA-12.

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