Christie's to auction Apollo 17 watch flown to the moon and back

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2015-11-20 11:46:00

A space-flown watch from the Apollo 17 mission will be offered at auction by Christie's next month.

The Omega Speedmaster wristwatch was worn Ron Evans, the NASA astronaut and Apollo 17 Command Module Pilot, during the final manned mission to the Moon in December 1972. 

The watch will be offered as part of the Christie's Omega Speedmaster 50 sale, which celebrates the history of the iconic watch over the past half century.

Evans is just one of 24 astronauts to have flown to the moon, and holds the world record for time spent in lunar orbit, 301 hours and 51 minutes.

During his career he also received awards including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1973, the Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award in 1970, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal in 1973, and the Vietnam Service Medal.

As part of the Apollo 17 mission, Evans was tasked with conducting a series of heat flow and convection experiments, during which he wore the Omega watch.

Unlike all other official Omega astronaut watches from the Apollo missions, which remain the property of NASA, Evans was allowed to keep the timepiece when he returned to Earth – making the sale a unique opportunity to acquire the only NASA Omega moon-flown watch in private hands.

The watch comes complete with its original Apollo 17 mission-used strap, and a Fisher 'space' pen used aboard the command module, and is expected to sell for upwards of $60,000.

Last month a Bulova watch worn by Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott – the only privately-owned watch ever worn on the lunar surface – sold for a record $1.6 million by Boston-based RR Auction.

OMEGA Speedmaster 50: From A Spacewalk To Today takes place at Christie's in New York on December 15.

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