BOSTON (CBS) — A privately-owned watch that was worn on the moon by astronaut Dave Scott in 1971 recently sold for more than $1.6 million.
Of the dozen astronauts that have landed on the moon, only Scott’s Bulova Chronograph was privately owned, according to a statement released Friday morning by Boston’s RR Auction.
Omega Speedmasters, which belonged to NASA, were worn by the other astronauts. Scott wore the Omega watches on his first two voyages to the moon on Apollo 15, and they can now be found at institutions. However, he had to use his Bulova for part of his second trip after the crystal fell off his Speedmaster.
Scott also wore his personal watch during his third and final mission to the moon. The watch can be seen in images captured of him saluting the American flag with the Hadley Delta in the background.
“Among the decisions I made, the monitoring of time was perhaps most important,” the commander said in a five-page letter that sold with the watch, referring to the nearly five-hour-long mission and how they had to be conscientious with how they used resources for the return trip home.
The Bulova, which originally sold for $500, went for $1,625,000 after being put up for auction from Oct. 15 through Oct. 22.
Also auctioned off were Scott’s Apollo 15 lunar surface-used Rover map, which sold for $37,485.
For additional information about the auction, visit the RR Auction website.