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Forget the Speedmaster — The Other Moon Watch Is Having a Big Anniversary

The Bulova Lunar Pilot is going for gold.

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Remember the Bulova Lunar Pilot? You should: It's the watch we constantly recommend as a less-expensive alternative to the Omega Speedmaster, especially given its serious NASA creds. Bulova timekeepers were part of 46 space missions, including Apollo 15 in 1971 — and it's that trip to the moon that's being celebrated by the brand in a cool new limited edition.

Although Omega Speedmasters were officially issued flight equipment on NASA flights, Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott took up his own Bulova on the August 1971 lunar mission. When the crystal popped off his Speedy, he strapped on his Bulova, and ended up wearing it on the Moon. He later auctioned off the watch — the only privately owned watch to have been on the Moon, so the story goes — and it hammered for $1,625,000 in 2015. Bulova, in turn, reissued a copy of the watch that same year, naming it the Lunar Pilot.

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Now, Bulova's reissuing a special commemorative edition in honor the 50th anniversary of Apollo 15: The 50th Anniversary Lunar Pilot Limited Edition takes largely the same form as the original, but has been updated with a 45mm grade-5 titanium case and gold-accented pushers, subdials, and bezel. You still get the high-performance quartz movement beating at 262 kHz — though the original from 1971 would've had a mechanical movement inside — as well as a blue sapphire crystal, a grey leather NATO, and 50m of water resistance.

The screw-down case back features a cool lunar relief design with an individual serial number, as well as special packaging with a storybook and a commemorative NASA coin. It's limited to 5,000 pieces at a price of $995 — and is available for pre-order now.

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