Belgian brand Col&MacArthur have released the Lunar 1969 watch, to mark 50 years since man first set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. We were lucky to get our hands on one and wanted to share our thoughts on this Luxury Christmas Gift.
We asked John to share his thoughts on the Lunar 1969 watch:
“Well isn’t this unique? Santa must be reaching new heights in his sleigh! It’s unlikely that very many people will have thought they ‘needed’ this, until they see it.
This comes packaged in a black display box which, upon opening, has the watch and certificates of authentication inside as a certified fragment of lunar meteorite is set at 12 o’clock alongside the Apollo 11 coordinates on the watch.
The watch itself has a matte black strap and looks incredibly stylish but it goes much deeper than just that.
Upon inspecting the information card, it is obvious that this timepiece is far more impressive than it appears to be at first glance and is possibly the most unique and special gift you could give the astrology or history lover in your life this Christmas.
The watch has the words “Mare Tranquillitatis” printed at the top of the face. This is the most famous lunar sea on which the Eagle Lunar Module of the American Mission Apollo XI landed on July 20 1969.
The date of July 1920 1969 is also printed on the watch at 9.56 which was the date of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon.
The geographical coordinates of the 6 missions of Apollo are printed on the dial and on the face, a bright spot indicates the location of the first step on the moon. On the back of the watch, the footprint of the first man on the moon is engraved to pay tribute to the explorers of space.
Most impressively in my opinion is that a genuine certified fragment of lunar meteorite is set at 12H00.
I am a huge history fan and can remember being woken up as a young boy by my parents to watch the footage of Neil Armstrong taking his first step onto the moon and being told it would be a moment in history that I would never forget. This watch makes me feel like I’m part of something special and reminds me of that very special memory.”
To make this Christmas gift even more ‘out of this world’, Col&MacArthur is also offering to launch the watch into the stratosphere before it is received. It will come into direct contact with an environment of -60° C and with a pressure close to 0. The watch will then be recovered by a company that specializes in the field, and delivered to the acquirers doorstep in mint condition, together with a certificate authenticating the altitude of the flight.
Col&MacArthur will provide a document certifying the take-off and the height of the flight which will be sent with the box. Finally, the text “SENT INTO NEAR SPACE” followed by the date of the flight will be engraved on the back of the watch.
Lunar 1969 watch by Col&MacArthur is available to buy online and you can find out more information here.
We were kindly sent this watch to review but all thoughts are our own.