Lot 9044: Flown Fortis official cosmonauts chronograph worn on board Soyuz TM-34 by commander Yuri Gidzenko, numbered 5279, signed on the Velcro fabric strap in silver ink by Gidzenko. Original leather 6.5 x 8 presentation kit houses optional stainless steel and leather bands, a strap pin–spring bar remover, and a small spare parts case. In fine condition, with expected wear from use. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Spaceflori and a signed letter of authenticity from Gidzenko, in full: "This letter confirmed that I had flown with this watch Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph No. 5279. With thanks to the purchaser of this Chronograph who is helping in this way the child Artem Anisimov suffering from epilepsy." This handsome flown watch spent a remarkable 198 days in space during its docking mission to the International Space Station in 2002.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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