Seiko unveils commemorative Spring Drive Spacewalk

A special feature of the commemorative edition is the addition of a screw-in crown to match the original specifications of the Spring Drive Spacewalk

BaselWorld special launch has original screw-in crown feature.

Seiko unveiled a commemorative edition of its Spring Drive Spacewalk at BaselWorld.

The watch is limited to 100 pieces worldwide and has a retail price of £20,000. A special feature of the commemorative edition is the addition of a screw-in crown to match the original specifications of the Spring Drive Spacewalk timepiece that went into space. This feature had previously been removed from the Spring Drive Spacewalk general collection to allow for ease of manual winding.

The watch has a ballistic nylon strap. An additional elastic nylon strap, which is exactly the same as the one used in space, is included in the special presentation box. The serial number is engraved on the case back.

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Seiko claims its Spring Drive Spacewalk is the first watch ever designed specifically for use in outer space. First presented at Baselworld 2008, the watch was first used in October 2008 when private space adventurer Richard Garriott took it into space on his mission to the International Space Station.

The watch had been built expressly for Garriott’s space flight and was designed to withstand the extreme temperatures, pressures and radiation conditions involved in a spacewalk. Seiko said the watch performed flawlessly throughout Garriott’s 12-day flight in space.

In December 2008, two Spring Drive Spacewalk watches were worn by a Russian cosmonaut throughout a spacewalk lasting more than 5 hours during which both the time of day and chronograph functions worked perfectly, even when worn on the outside of the space suit. On their return to Earth, the watches were studied, assessed and tested at Seiko Epson’s facility and their strong performance during the space walk was independently verified.

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