Our fascination with space is once again ignited. Private companies are now taking private citizens through the atmosphere to orbit the earth in luxury spacecraft made for recreational trips out of this world. It’s like something out of a science fiction movie, but it’s become a reality. Elon Musk or even Sir Richard Branson, and other private companies have perfected their technologies for space travel and it’s now become a trip that the very wealthy, and a few select others can book. To commemorate this unprecedented time in our aeronautics history, we’ve chosen the 10 best space watches of all time for the enjoyment and consideration of watch enthusiasts.
10. Sinn Space Chronograph Price: $4,899
The Sinn Space Chronograph is a men’s wristwatch featuring a stainless steel case that is 44 mm wide with a matte finish. The dial is black offering a lovely contrast for the applied indices that are coated with luminescent color. The hands are also treated with luminescent color for high visibility in all lighting conditions. The dial is covered with a sapphire crystal. It’s powered by an automatic movement with 28 bearing jewels. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. functions include hours, minutes, seconds, date, and chronograph functions. The bracelet is stainless steel. This watch is water-resistant to 100 meters and is anti-magnetic per DIN 8309.
9. OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Anniversary Limited Series Price: $14,200
This iconic Spacewatch was released in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. It is a limited edition of just 6,969 pieces. the case back features a laser engraved image of an astronaut’s footprint along with the famous Neil Armstrong quote “That’s one small step for man – one giant leap for mankind.” The case is made of stainless steel and measures 42 mm in width and 14 mm in thickness. The bezel is 18k rose gold. The movement is a Co-axial manual 3861 with a power reserve of 50 hours. The dial is grey and the bracelet is made of stainless steel. The dial is covered with a sapphire crystal.
8. Accutron Space View 2020 Price: $3,450.00
The Spaceview 2020 is a men’s luxury watch that features a proprietary electrostatic movement with an intricate motor and turbine system for generating power. The open face dial provides a view of the inner workings of time movement beneath with accents of smokey grey and green accents. The hour and minute hands are stylish with a transparent outer ring, and an orange seconds hand. This watch has a 43 mm case made of stainless steel, covered with sapphire crystal in front and solid stainless steel back. It is water-resistant to 50 meters and comes with a leather strap.
7. Liv Saturn V Moon Lander Moonphase Chrono Neptune Blue Price: $520
This is one of the more affordable space watches on the market today. The Liv Saturn V Moon Lander Moonphase Chrono is a limited edition to commemorate the landing of the 1969 Apollo 11 space mission. Only 1969 pieces were made. The case is made of high-grade 316L stainless steel with an IP coating of rose gold-tone. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters. The timepiece is powered by an ETA quartz G10.962 EO Swiss chronograph movement with moon phase. It’s protected with a sapphire crystal treated with an anti-reflective coating.
6. Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech Price: $13,900
This is a luxury space watch that features a 44mm stainless steel case with a carbotech rotating bezel. The dial is black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. The date window sits at 3 o’clock and small seconds dial at 9 o’clock for balance. It’s powered by a caliber P.9010 automatic mechanical movement with 31 jewels. It beats at 29,900 vibrations per hour and features an Incabloc anti-shock device with a power reserve of 3 days. There are 200 components in the movement. Functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, and date. The strap is Panerai’s Sportech in black with blue stitching. The watch is water-resistant to 300 meters. You can find the Luminor Marina Carbotech on the Panerai website.
5. Xeric NASA Apollo 15 American Moonphase Lunar Rover Price: $450.00
The Xeric NASA Apollo 15 is a nod to the 1971 mission. The case is made of hand-finished 316L stainless steel and measures 40 mm in width and 11.7 mm in depth including the domed sapphire crystal with double curved glass and anti-reflective coating. The movement is an FTS AmeriQuartz caliber 7129 Moonphase with 1 jewel. functions include Super-LuminNova planetary hours, minutes, and star seconds. The strap is American Horween leather with a solid stainless steel clasp and water resistance to 5 ATM.
4. Bulova LIMITED EDITION Men’s Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph Black Leather Strap & Nylon Strap Watch 45mm 96B251 Price: $521.25
This is Bulova’s most iconic space watch with finely etched precision details in a special limited edition Luman Pilot chronograph. The case is round in stainless steel with a width of 45 mm and a depth of 1/2 inch. The dial is a black chronograph with silver-tone stick indices featuring a date window, three subdials, and three hands. The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters. It’s powered by a quartz movement with a black leather strap and a black nylon strap with buckle closures.
3. IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Price: $45,100
This is IWC’s most popular space watch. The case is 18 kt white gold with a width of 44.2 mm and a depth of 14.9 mm. The case back is an exhibition-style with a flat sapphire crystal. It reveals the inner workings of the 52615 caliber movement beneath. It’s an in-house automatic self-winding movement with a power reserve of 168 hours. It eats at a frequency of 4 Hz with 54 jewels and Cotes de Geneve perlage, and a total of 386 components. Functions include hours, minutes, small hacking seconds, a perpetual calendar with displays for the date, day, month, and perpetual moon phase for the southern and northern hemispheres. The dial is covered with an arched-edge sapphire glass treated on both sides with an anti-reflective coating.
2. Xeric Trappist-1 Automatic NASA Edition James Webb Price: $499
This is an edition that commemorates the 1969 mission to the moon. It features a hand-finished 316L stainless steel case with a width of 44mm and a depth of 15 mm. The dial showcases a Constellations Super-LumiNova Str Map. The movement is a Miyota 8215 automatic with 21 jewels and a power reserve of 42 hours. Functions include Tritium plus Super-LumiNova Planetary hours, minutes, and star seconds. The dial is covered with a domed Hesalite crystal. The watch is water-resistant to 5 ATM and weighs 3.7 ounces. The case back is an exhibition-style to show the inner workings of the movement beneath.
The Breitling Navitimer is an iconic pilot’s watch that takes luxury past the limitations of the atmosphere. It features a stainless steel case of 41 mm in width and a screwed-in solid case back that gives it water resistance up to 31 meters. It’s powered by an in-house Breitling 31 caliber self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. Functions include chronograph, hours, minutes, dial aperture calendar, and seconds.