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Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wars?

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Re: Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wa

Post04 Mar 2022, 14:07

Hi,
Now this is what I may call an "old watchmaker" Space Age watches New Old Stock (NOS) collection, that I bought in the last time (please see the final photo at the end of the post! :-D) :
I. Three (3) Original Andre Le Marquand Spaceman 1972 ORIGINAL CORFAM straps, one in perfect condition (the ULTRA RARE Blue one!) and other 2 in fine/decent condition.
https://70swatchesgallery.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/spaceman-corfam-bands/
II. Two (2) Original Andre Le Marquand Spaceman NOS 1972 bezels (including an ULTRA RARE Golden one!!!), a golden bezel released only for some very limited editions of Andre LeMarquand 1972 Spaceman watches, e.g. such as those made for Hollywood stars... :mega:
III. An ULTRA RARE collection of Five (5) ORIGINAL and NOS 1972 Spaceman Internal bezels in 5 colors (out of 6 ever released - a red one is missing ): "1972. Spaceman The first oval model is called 'Spaceman' and is issued in six different colours" - https://doensen.home.xs4all.nl/c16.html
Links from my friend Ronny outstanding SPACEMAN website: :mega:
III.1. 1972 Spaceman Black https://70swatchesgallery.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/spaceman%e2%80%93oval-black/
III.2. 1972 Spaceman Blue https://70swatchesgallery.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/spaceman-oval-blue/
III.3. 1972 Spaceman Brown https://70swatchesgallery.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/spaceman-oval-brown/
III.4 1972 Spaceman Green https://70swatchesgallery.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/spaceman-oval-green/
III.5 1972 Spaceman White https://70swatchesgallery.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/spaceman-oval-white/
and the missing red one internal bezel (I still have 2 watches with red internal bezels, but not a spare red bezel)...
III.6 1972 Spaceman Red https://70swatchesgallery.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/spaceman-oval-red/
IV. Two (2) Original Spaceman 1972 Automatic watches (unfortunately one with a bad condition, yet original CORFAM strap)...
Spaceman_NOS_watchmaker1m.jpg

Regards,
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Re: Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wa

Post04 Aug 2022, 10:37

WOW...this is something that I was not prepared for... :-D
I always knew that the Catena's/Andre Le Marquand Spaceman watches may have had some special designs/maybe limited editions (?) - usually with a ultra rare golden bezel/case, for example involving some 70s Hollywood stars of the moment, stars wishing also to celebrate the Moon landing and other Space Age moments... :-D
But I was certainly NOT prepared for a watch like the following one: :-D

It is an already RARE GOLDEN case - made by OCTO, woman Spaceman Audacieuse, started in 1974 - after a design of the famous Andre Le Marquand - more info here https://doensen.home.xs4all.nl/c16.html.
I bought it for my beautiful wife...since she has not yet a woman Andre Le Marquand Audacieuse Spaceman on her small collection of watches...

But what I DID NOT expected is this unique/particular design of the dial, hands and so on, as one may see below, since nothing similar was ever reported in the collector's ring: :mega:
1. First of all the golden dial is filling only about 2/3 of the watch face, the top 1/3 being some transparent background (transparent plastic as in Zodiac Astrographic mystery dial?) that includes even the 12 o'clock squared indice(s) - placed on that transparent background, and creating the impression that it is a "floating above a golden cave"... :-D
2. The hour and minute hands includes some transparent zones, to accentuate the whole "transparency" of the 1/3 top background
3. The "3D-like background" deep under the 1/3 upper "transparent" side of the dial (is it the watch caseback??? - I will know after I will give it to my skilled watchmaker :) ) is golden finished with some "deep golden lava CAVE" finish...creating an amazing view if You look at the watch as a "driver"...basically from the left hand sitting on a cars drive wheel... :mega:

Please look at below modest photos (I have tried hard to catch the feeling ones may have when they are looking at this really unique watch)

1. The unique golden Spaceman - 2/3 golden dial and 1/3 "transparent" dial, with 12 hour marker above the "transparent" side :mega:
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2. The partially "transparent" hours and minutes hands, "floating above" that "golden lava cave": :mega:
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3. And just to clarify what I've meant above:
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But the true question remains: Was it a VERY limited/unique GOLDEN edition - e.g. especially designed for some women stars of that moment in 70s, and made especially for that very special customers by OCTO???...only the time may be the answer eventually...but for certain, this Spaceman watch it is REALLY DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE compared to any other (I may say many :-D ) Spaceman Audacieuse watches I've seen before...thanks for reading this...
And I am glad to present here - on NewDWF and for the first time, this quite unique piece of Space Age watch history,
Regards,
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An almost unique Space Age memorabilia.A real "piece of hist

Post08 Aug 2022, 11:50

Well...this is not a real wristwatch/pocket watch and so on...It is an EXTREMELY RARE Sicura Keyring watch...made to be given to Apollo 11 crew members!!! Basically, a REAL and SMALL PIECE OF HISTORY!!!

It was issued when Apollo 11 crew members have landed on the Moon in 1969 and given to the Apollo crew members (and a good question is : only to Apollo 11 crew members or even also to other Apollo missions members??? - the present knowledge would say only to Apollo 11 crew!) and to the former USA president Richard Nixon
, by Sicura Watch Company - and its "former pilot" CEO Ernest Schneider - the same who bought Breitling brand almost a decade later, to remember that "out of the World" achievement of the 1969 MOONLANDING... :mega:
...for a Sicura watch history, more info at...http://largevintagewatches.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-history-of-sicura-watch-brand.html

The item had a shape of the Apollo 11 MODULE and even a "conical" glass to emphasize the module's shape!!!
Image from https://history.nasa.gov/SP-4225/diagrams/apollo/apollo-diagram.htm
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Was it a real key ring "watch", who was REALLY given to the former Apollo 11 crew members???...YES it was :grin1: , as one may see below, on an auction site selling some Armstrong family memorabilia: :mega:
https://historical.ha.com/itm/explorers/space-exploration/apollo-11-small-rocket-shaped-clock-armstrong-collins-aldrin-20-vii-1969-directly-from-the-armstrong-family-collection-tm-ca/a/6206-50357.s

And the even the CAG certification that it was a valid Armstrong Family memorabilia (image from https://historical.ha.com ):
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Was it rare?:
It seems that ONLY ONE such SICURA key ring watches was sold ever - UNTIL NOW - outside the Armstrong's and/or other Apollo 11 astronauts families - and it was on an Italian Auction site:
https://www.lacasadellorologio.it/en/prod/sicura-gemini-apollo-xii-commemorativo-del-primo-sbarco-sulla-luna-xx-luglio-1969-rimanenza-di-magazzino/

And now my similar key ring watch...recently added to my small collection of the Space Age watches/memorabilia:
The key ring with the Apollo 11 module-like "shape":
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The 18 k gold bottom plate, remembering the date of the Moonlanding and its Apollo 11 crew members: :mega:
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Regards,
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