Jon Glenn wore a Heuer stopwatch over his spacesuit as he orbited the Earth three times in 1962. Then there was a special 1:1 fake Breitling Navitimer. Scott Carpenter was one of the original seven astronauts to orbit the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 spacecraft in 1962, making him the second American in orbit. He wore a version of UK perfect replica Breitling’s defining watch, one that had been modified with a hand-wound movement. Fifty years later, in 2009, the watch was reissued and rebranded as the cheap copy Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute. Like the 1962 model, it came with a 24-hour display (unique to a Navitimer, and apparently Carpenter’s request, who figured he wouldn’t need to worry about AM and PM up in space) a slide rule bezel and a manual-winding movement.
Today, on its 60th anniversary, luxury replica Breitling reissues the Navitimer Cosmonaute with a number of subtle modifications.
Dubbed “the first Swiss wristwatch in space” – though by Esquire’s calculations, the Heuer beat it by three months, although perhaps the semantics of “wristwatch” and “stopwatch” are at play here – it now comes with UK AAA fake Breitling’s latest movement, a new platinum bezel and a special bridge with the engravings “Carpenter”, “Aurora 7” and “3 orbits around the Earth” on it. The date of Carpenter’s mission is on the back.
Elsewhere the high quality replica Breitling Cosmonaute’s original stylings are present and correct – the all-black dial and a choice of black alligator strap or stainless steel bracelet.
To this writer’s eye, this is one of the nicest Swiss fake Breitling Navitimer’s of all the many dozens that have been launchd since the early 1950s. The simple black dial and matching black sub-dials go some way to help calm down a watch that, on first glance, can be a lot to take in. It’s elegant but it’s still full of all the aeronautical info that defines the Breitling Navitimer fake online in the first place.
In addition to the new watch, which is limited to 362 models, a reference to the year the mission was made and the number of times the spacecraft orbited the Earth, Swiss movement replica Breitling UK recently unveiled Scott Carpenter’s original beaten-up Navitimer to a select audience in Geneva – the first time it had been seen in public.
Should that top super clone watch find its way to auction, it’s unlikely to hit gold Omega prices. But it served as a timely reminder that there’s more than one watch brand that’s made it to the stars. Space, after all, is a big place.