TAG Heuer Carrera SpaceX 1887

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   8 September 2012   |   12 Comments  

Here is the first look at the production version of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 SpaceX, A new limited edition chronograph released to mark the 50th anniversary of (TAG) Heuer being the first Swiss timepiece to be worn in space.

While there have been photos of the prototype version of this watch floating around the internet for a while, the watch below is the finished production model that will go on sale in the next few weeks.

There is a cool story to go with the new Carrera, with TAG Heuer sending the watch into Space as part of its association with a US company called SpaceX…a reassuring test for those planning a trip to the stars.

Heuer: First Swiss Watch in Space

In February 1962, US Astronaut John Glenn piloted the Friendship 7 craft into Space, where it completed three orbits of the earth before returning safely. This was the first time that NASA had orbited the earth, matching the feat achieved by Yuri Gagarin the previous year.

As a back-up to the on-board timing equipment, John Glenn wore a modified Heuer 2915A stopwatch, which you can see strapped to his left arm in the photo above. The actual watch worn by Glenn sits in the National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC, with a replica on show at TAG Heuer’s Museum.

You can read more about this story over at OntheDash, where Jeff Stein has written a great article.

The Heuer 2915A is a modestly sized stopwatch, meaning oversized by wristwatch standards, that offers a very clear and legible display.

The watch is manually wound via the crown on top of the case and measures seconds on the outer dial, elapsed minutes on the 12 o’clock sub-dial and elapsed hours on the 6 o’clock sub-dial. The timer is started and stopped by pressing the large crown and then re-set by pressing the smaller pusher.

Watch fans will know that Omega promote heavily their association with Space travel, thanks to its Speedmaster being worn by the Apollo 11 Astronauts in 1969- the first Swiss wristwatch in Space and the first on the Moon. Heuer/ TAG Heuer’s claim is that of being the first Swiss timepiece in Space, and more specifically, the first stopwatch.

Carrera 1887 SpaceX

The TAG Heuer Carrera SpaceX is based on the large 43mm Carrera 1887, but with bespoke hands, dial and vintage-look leather strap.

The design of the dial is faithful to that of the Heuer 2915A- large arabic numerals marking out 5-minute increments, and with a triangle marker at both the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock points. It’s an attractive design that gives the watch a unique look in the Carrera 1887 family.

The Anthracite hands match the colour of the minute markers, with the chronograph second hand shaped  to reflect the original Heuer watch.

The watch is complemented by a great looking “vintage” brown leather strap, and is also available with the standard Carrera bracelet.

Dial

The link with Space travel is marked at two places on the dial. At 9 o’clock is the text “1962-2012” and below that an image of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft more on SpaceX shortly.

At the 3 o’clock position is the text “First Swiss Watch in Space”.

Movement and Caseback

Powering the new watch is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 1887 movement, which sits behind a smoked sapphire crystal caseback which also has the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX logo.

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