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Watches, Stories, and Gear: an Astronaut’s Stolen Speedmaster, the Apollo 11 Broadcast, the Song of the Summer of ’69, and More

Watches, Stories, and Gear: an Astronaut’s Stolen Speedmaster, the Apollo 11 Broadcast, the Song of the Summer of ’69, and More

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“Watches, Stories, and Gear” is a roundup of some of our #1 watch content on Worn & Wound, incredible stories from around the web, and cool stuff that we’ve got our eye on.

This installment of “Watches, Stories, and Gear” is brought to you by the Windup Watch Shop .


WORN & WOUND ASTRONAUT DONN EISELE’S STOLEN SPEEDMASTER FOUND AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS MISSING

Storied watches going missing are always a point of fascination for collectors. One such watch story revolves around the Speedmaster worn by NASA astronaut Donn Eisele, who flew on the Apollo 7 Mission. Eisele, in the same way as other NASA astronauts, wore an issued Speedmaster on his wrist, and in 1989, two years after Eisele’s passing, the watch was stolen from a display at the Instituto Geográfico Militar in Quito, Ecuador (the watch was borrowed from the Smithsonian). An investigation was launched, but the cheat was rarely found. That is, until a couple of years back.

READ THAT STORY HERE


THE SONG OF THE SUMMER OF ’69 “IN THE YEAR 2525” BY ZAGER & EVANS

50 years prior, during the summer of the moon landing, there was one song the dominated the Billboard 100 charts. Named “In the Year 2525,” the track was composed by a band called Zager & Evans, and it was their solitary hit. Incidentally, with the moon landing showing humanity at its best, the song of the summer took a more dystopian, and some may say prescient, perspective on the future. Listen to the single above, and you can peruse an extremely short interview with Mr. Zager in the WSJ here .  


CBS BROADCAST OF THE APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING

CBS streamed their 1969 inclusion of the Apollo 11 moon launch and landing in its total, in which unbelievable newsman Walter Cronkite broadcasts the mission to living rooms the whole way across America. On the off chance that you’re too young to even think about having lived during the launch, or in the event that you just need to remember the miracle of that second, look at that inclusion in the stream above.


ESQUIRE MICHAEL COLLINS IS THE FORGOTTEN ASTRONAUT OF APOLLO 11. HE’S PERFECTLY FINE WITH THAT.

A few days prior, I was watching a program where the presenter incorrectly stated that Buzz Aldrin is the lone living astronaut from the Apollo 11 mission. He quickly amended his blunder and reminded individuals that Michael Collins, who circled the moon as his colleagues strolled it, is perfectly healthy. Esquire as of late had a short feature on Mr. Collins, in which he answers the questions he gets asked the most: “God, you got so close to the moon and you didn’t land. Doesn’t that truly bug you?”

READ THE FULL STORY HERE


FISHER SPACE PEN 

The original Space Pen was imagined in July, 1948 by Paul Fisher. The thought was to make a pen with ink that would not be exposed to air or depend on gravity, that would never release or evaporate over the long haul, and that composed underwater and in outrageous temperatures. Following two years of testing, the Fisher Space Pen was endorsed by NASA and accompanied the Apollo 7 astronauts into space, so go out and get yourself a piece of astronaut kit.

SHOP HERE


HASSELBLAD 907X SPECIAL EDITION CAMERA

Hasselblad was the camera of the Apollo 11 mission, capturing the now notorious images from the 1969 moon landing.

The three cameras taken on the mission were:

  • A silver Hasselblad Data Camera (HDC) used by Armstrong to shoot on the lunar surface.
  • A dark Hasselblad Electric Camera (HEC) used from inside the Eagle lunar module.
  • And another dark HEC used by Astronaut Michael Collins on board the Command Module Columbia in lunar orbit.

Collins’ camera was the one that made it back to earth, and in festival of the brand’s association with the moon landing and that camera in particular, Hasselblad is releasing the 907x Special Edition. It’s a 50 MP medium arrangement camera with a huge unique scope of 14 stops, and comes in a matte dark housing that’s sleek and modern.

IT’S NOT AVAILABLE YET, BUT YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT IT HERE


GASGASBONES V207 NASA STRAP

The NASA velcro straps that cinched Speedmasters over space suits are stuff of legend now, so it’s no surprise that there are numerous options for recreations out there. Probably the best come from the UK’s GasGasBones, who builds his straps to original NASA spec. Because it’s a small activity, GasGasBones regularly closes shop to fulfill orders, so watch out for the site for when they’re taking orders again in the event that you need to snag one.

SHOP HERE