Baku, October 24, AZERTAC
An exceptionally rare watch worn by an American astronaut on the Moon has sold for more than USD 1.6 million, a US auction house said today, according to the Indian Express.
Dave Scott, the commander of the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon in 1971, wore the Bulova Chronograph watch on his third lunar walk after his standard-issue Swiss Omega became damaged.
It is the only watch worn on the Moon in private hands and was bought by a Florida businessman in a frenetic, 12-minute bidding war with a rival in Britain, said Boston-based RR Auction.
It is also the only American-made watch ever worn on the Moon, and sold for USD 1,625,000 smashing the auction house's pre-sale estimates of USD 750,000 to USD 1 million.
The dozen men who have set foot on the moon all wore NASA-issued Omega Speedmasters, which are considered US government property, and many are housed in institutions.