The watch was worn by astronaut Ron Evans during the last manned lunar mission
The wristwatch once worn in space, the Apollo 17 chronograph (pictured), sold for $245,000 at the Christie’s Dec. 15 Omega Speedmaster 50 auction in New York.
The auction was held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Gemini IV spacewalk and featured 50 watches the design or provenance of which celebrated space missions.
The top lot was the stainless-steel chronograph worn by astronaut Ron Evans during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the last manned lunar mission. The winning bidder was the Omega Museum in Switzerland, which will display the watch publicly.
Other top lots of the sale included a stainless-steel chronograph from 1947 that sold for $137,000; a stainless-steel chronograph from 1958 that sold for $118,750; and an 18k gold chronograph from 1970 that sold for $50,000.
The sale brought in a total of $1,304,125, and all lots were sold. Full results are available here.
(Photo courtesy of Christie’s)