When Scott Carpenter wore his Breitling Navitimer on the Aurora 7 Mission in May 1962 it was the first (known) watch worn by an American in space.
This was the first watch used in Space featuring a 24 hour display which was useful since an astronauts day was no longer affected by the rising and setting of the sun but rather by his working and sleeping patterns.
Breitling wasnt involved in space watches again until they supplied a specially modified version of their ‘Aerospace’ watch for Franco-Russian missions between 1996 and 2001. In order that they could be worn over spacesuits they came fitted with extra-long velcro straps as well an engraved back and special logo.
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