History – Space Watches

May 9th, 2012 | No Comments

There are watches for underwater, the racetrack, and even outer space! Space watches must be able to endure in zero gravity environments and other extreme conditions. Yuri Gagarin wore the first space watch in 1961 during his historic first flight in space. The First Moscow Factory, a Russian brand of wristwatches, created the first space watch. Since 1964 their trademark has been “?????”, transliterated as “POLJOT”, which means “flight.” This brand pays tribute to Russian space expeditions and the watches that have accompanied them.

The Americans also got involved in the space race concerning watches. NASA chose the Omega Speedmaster Professional as their space watch of choice. In 1962 the first Swiss space watch reached orbit when John Glenn brought a Heuer stopwatch on board. Space watches progressed with similar speed to their rocket companions, inspiring many brands to develop their own space watches. Most recently in 2008 at BaselWorld, Seiko announced their creation of the first watch meant for a space walk.

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