This lot includes John Van Derwalker’s Department of the Interior’s Distinguished Service Award medal and the Navy’s merit pin that were given to him after the TEKTITE 1 60 day mission. The medal was presented to VanDerwalker by US Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1969. During TEKTITE II, VanDerwalker was the scientific coordinator.
This Certina watch was possibly specially made for the Tektite program and was the timepiece of choice for VanDerwalker during his missions. It’s functionality and bold display, perhaps a prototype configuration, made this Certina the ultimate tool watch for his dives.