Vacheron Constantin's most mysterious watch: The Apollo 14

Found in Vacheron Constantin's archives, a photo of a watch with the insignia of the Apollo 14 mission on the dial.

The interesting thing is that there is just one photo and no other trace of this watch in the archives, no reference number, no date of manufacture, no details on case or movement!!

Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the American Apollo program and the 3rrd to land on the moon, launched on Jan 31, 1971.

Vacheron Constantin's most mysterious watch: The Apollo 14

Vacheron Constantin's most mysterious watch: The Apollo 14

Re: Vacheron Constantin's most mysterious watch: The Apollo 14
07/08/2011 - 15:05

Interesting.

Alex, a few years ago you told me that VC wanted to stay out of associating with the US Space Program as Omega was already doing so with Nasa, especially the Apollo Moon program.

Do you think this was a late 1960's/early 1970's one off?

Must be someone who was very close to the Apollo 14 mission and wanted this for himself. Also, Apollo 14 was the first successful moon landing after the Apollo 13 "Successful Failure". Could be a big-wiig at Nasa at the time.

I would say made anytime after 1971
07/09/2011 - 11:03

d

Whoa! Is that enamel artwork on the dial?
07/08/2011 - 21:10

Oh darn, there goes another post surprise.  It was worth it for this gorgeous and surprising unique piece!

I would guess so but don't know!
07/09/2011 - 11:06

x

Piece unique ?
07/08/2011 - 23:03

Would indeed be interesting to know more details of the dial.....

best,mark

maybe 3, one for each member of the mission? guesses are open
07/09/2011 - 11:05

e

This is very exciting Alex, how cool!!!
07/09/2011 - 07:01

I used to be an aerospace engineer and the space program has always been of interest to me.

This is one amazing find.  It also got me wondering, who found it?  Is VC going through their extensive archives in an effort to digitize for database purposes (i.e. easier access to all that glorious history and minutia)?  Or were they doing some specific research, for something we can see in the future? cheeky

Thanks Alex for sharing this unique piece that nobody knows about?  I wonder how many others are out there?

BR, Dan

surprised! never knew VC was involved in any space mission.nt.
07/09/2011 - 10:49

nt.

or rather i should have known, just recalled they did the sputnik. nt.
07/09/2011 - 22:25

nt.

the watch no one has ever seen or heard of!
07/09/2011 - 12:18
d
LOL. to be honest, I'm not missing it,
07/09/2011 - 19:59

a design disaster, the designer must have had a hang-over,

or let one of his young kids design it!

RIP.

Doc

Hi Doc, the design isn't one I'd add to my collection either
07/10/2011 - 16:55

but the story behind the watch is what interests me the most.

My curiousity and love of all things V&C drive me to want to know more about it, wink

Best Regards, Dan

Why on earth isn't Doc over the moon about this watch?...
07/10/2011 - 00:38

Alex, If you never find the answer to this watch it won't worry Docwink!!

Keep battin'sad

Tony

Re: Vacheron Constantin's most mysterious watch: The Apollo 14
07/10/2011 - 05:59

The watch is probably in orbit or on the moon, Alex.

It took a lickin' but kept on tickin' LOLsmileycool

JB

Quite a masterpiece
07/10/2011 - 12:04
Of Photoshop ;-)))
you give me too much credit buddy I'm
07/10/2011 - 18:25

incapable of doing this! my photoshop talents suckfrown