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Watches in Space

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I was researching watches this week and I came across a photo of Astronaut Ed White taken during the Gemini IV mission in 1965.

The photo featured Mr. White wearing two Omega watches while on NASA's first space walk. That is just wild to me. I knew that astronauts used watches but it never dawned on me that they'd have to be outside their space suit to actually be visible. The fact that these watches could operate just fine in space blows my mind.

The watches he was wearing are Omega Speedmasters (ref. 105.003). It's said that he wore two of them as this was the first mission with dual control centers: Launch Control in Florida (EST) and Mission Control in Texas (CST). He had to wear special band extenders to get the watch band to fit over the bulky space suit.

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