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Old June 1st, 2004, 09:00 AM
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Apollo XI Speedmasters At Smithsonian

Bill Bettridge and his son went to the Air & Space Museum and snapped a pic of the Apollo XI Speedmasters for us. Check out:

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Old June 1st, 2004, 12:38 PM
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That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing the pic. I'm wondering something. Is (was) there a standard operating procedure for manual winding of the Omega onboard a spacecraft? I mean, NASA is pretty structured you know. Wonder if the astronauts were required to wind at certain intervals, or was this just left up to themselves to make sure they wind their watches. Each spacecraft is equiped with onboard timers and mission timers and such, winding your wristwatch might just be something NASA figured hey, your a damn astronaut, remember to wind your watch.....
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Old June 1st, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Old June 1st, 2004, 01:50 PM
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Speedys

My December trip to Houston (for xmas with the wife's relatives) is on: a must see will be the Houston Space Center, and all the displays. Photos will be taken.

Craig: I see moon watches on TZ quite often: did you get one yet?

I'm going to be spending the next couple of years traveling back and forth from LA to Paris, to work on a project. Will see what's shakin' vintage watch-wise in the City of Lights. The first trip is next week.
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Old June 1st, 2004, 02:57 PM
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Wonder if the astronauts were required to wind at certain intervals, or was this just left up to themselves to make sure they wind their watches. Each spacecraft is equiped with onboard timers and mission timers and such, winding your wristwatch might just be something NASA figured hey, your a damn astronaut, remember to wind your watch.....

I have no idea. One thing for sure though, I would wind my watch before each and every EVA. Imagine setting the stopwatch before you left the vessel and your watch stopped ticking during the EVA. You wonder how much time you left before your air supply runs out, you glance down at your watch, and it shows you have plenty of time left. Not good.

I remember reading somewhere that the astronauts forgot to wind their Speedmasters on several occasions during various missions. Most people wind their watches in the morning before they put them on, so it makes sense that the astronauts would forget to wind their watches (because they rarely took them off).
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Old June 1st, 2004, 04:20 PM
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I'm going to be spending the next couple of years traveling back and forth from LA to Paris, to work on a project. Will see what's shakin' vintage watch-wise in the City of Lights. The first trip is next week.
DW

So where do I send my European shopping list!!! LOL
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Old June 1st, 2004, 11:48 PM
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Interesting stuff. It seems that they used to put the full chronographs on the Seamaster, then at some point switched to the Speedmaster. My '65 Seamaster has the full chrono, but new ones don't. Hmm.
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Old June 2nd, 2004, 08:27 AM
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Here's the current model Seamaster Chrono,
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Old June 2nd, 2004, 08:50 AM
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