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Omega. An Exceptionally Important and Unique 18k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet, Certification Letter and Box, Made for Astronaut Ronald E. Evans
Apollo 17After a delay of nearly three hours, the Apollo XVII mission launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 12:33 A.M. (EST) on December 7, 1972. It was the first lunar landing mission in NASA’s Apollo program to execute a nighttime liftoff.This mission was to become the last NASA spacecraft to land on the Moon. On September 2, 1970, the agency announced the final three Apollo missions: Apollo XV, XVI, and XVII. Priorities for U.S. government spending shifted, limiting NASA’s budget. Now it has been almost 50 years since another human has stepped on the Moon.Crew members for the final mission to the Moon included Commander Eugene A. Cernan, Command Module Pilot Ronald E. Evans, and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison P. Schmit. Schmitt was the first scientist aboard an Apollo mission. The primary scientific objectives included geological surveying and sampling of materials and surface features in the Taurus-Littrow region, which was the most highly-varied site of the Apollo missions.One of the first projects after touchdown on the lunar surface was for Cernan and Schmitt to unload the Lunar vehicle for transportation. Video footage of the Apollo XVII landing shows the astronauts encountering some difficulty while setting up equipment due to the reduced gravitational pull and the cumbersome space suits. However, after some struggle the two astronauts were well on their way to completing their mission.One of the most exciting times during this Moon walk was what they discovered on day two of exploration. Nearly 9 km away from the Lunar Module, Cernan and Schmitt came towards a crater that they named Shorty, to honor short stories born from literature. In the crater, the two men came across an unusual and surprising orange soil literally underneath their feet. Highly noticeable against the grey debris from the surface that surrounded it, it was later discovered that the orange soil was titanium-rich pyroclastic glass believed to have been deposited billions of years ago. This ultimately proved that the valley had previously witnessed a large eruptive fire. The orange soil would later eventually be dispersed, so it was very fortunate that Cernan and Schmitt discovered it at that time.On December 14, the spacecraft began its descent back home to Earth. Before the astronauts began their return, they left behind a plaque engraved with the signatures of the three astronauts and President Richard Nixon that read:Here man completed his first explorations of the Moon December 1972, A.D. May the spirit of peace in which we came be reflected in the lives of all mankind.
Omega. An Exceptionally Important and Unique 18k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet, Certification Letter and Box, Made for Astronaut Ronald E. Evans

SIGNED OMEGA, SPEEDMASTER, PROFESSIONAL, NO. 1007, MOVEMENT NO. 27’769’532, CASE REF. 145022 69, MANUFACTURED IN 1970

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Omega. An Exceptionally Important and Unique 18k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet, Certification Letter and Box, Made for Astronaut Ronald E. Evans
Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Professional, No. 1007, Movement No. 27’769’532, Case Ref. 145022 69, Manufactured in 1970
Cal. 861 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, dust cap, gold dial, applied Omega symbol, applied gold baton numerals with black inlay, outer fifths of a second divisions, black baton hands, three sunken engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, crystal etched with OMEGA symbol, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, burgundy bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated to a maximum of 500 units, fluted lugs, screw back with engraved ASTRONAUT RONALD E. EVANS to mark man’s conquest of space with time, through time, on time APOLLO 17 No 1007 inscription, OMEGA crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, 18k gold OMEGA bracelet stamped 1116/575, deployant clasp, overall approximate length 7.5 inches, case, dial and movement signed

42mm diam.

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Accompanied by an OMEGA Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch on 8 June 1970 and confirming the present watch was given to astronaut Ron Evans by OMEGA as a gift, bearing No. 1007. Furthermore delivered with an extremely rare OMEGA crater box.

Further accompanied by a signed Letter from Jan Evans (Mrs. Ron Evans) stating: “I certify that the gold Omega Speedmaster watch offered with this letter, serial number 1007, is the one presented to my husband Ron Evans, CMP Apollo 17, by the Omega watch company. It has been with our family since the flight of Apollo 17, December 1972.”

As a commemorative gesture to a number of NASA astronauts following the immensely successful Apollo 11 mission, OMEGA produced a special limited edition wristwatch with a solid 18k gold dial, case, and bracelet. The watches are only produced in 1,014 examples, where 26, numbered 3 to 28, were offered at an astronaut banquet in Houston on November 25 1969. The appreciation dinner was attended by astronauts that were on duty at the time, and three watches were awarded posthumously to the crew of Apollo 1. Solely for the astronauts' special timepieces, the casebacks were engraved: to mark man’s conquest of space and time, through time, on time, with the name of the astronaut and his mission. The present watch is engraved number 1007 and features this important caseback, made especially for Ron Evans to commemorate his efforts on the Apollo 13 mission. Watches such as this and numbered 1001 to 1008 were presented in 1972 and 1973 to those astronauts who had not yet accomplished a space conquest in 1969, namely missions 14 to 17.

Watches with the number 1 and 2 were also made with personalized case backs, although these unique examples were made only for the President and Vice-President of the United States at the time, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. These watches now reside in the Omega Museum, located in Bienne, Switzerland. The remaining examples were produced and available for the general public with a different engraving on the caseback (see lot 14 and lot 21).

This attractive gold Speedmaster with its burgundy colored bezel is delivered with a rare box which depicts the lunar surface. Very few of these boxes seem to have survived, making this watch and its accompanying presentation box a superb collectable timepiece.

An example of all three casebacks made in this series are illustrated described in OMEGA, A Journey Through Time by Marco Richon, 2007, p. 605.

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