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Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wars?

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Re: Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wa

Post09 Jan 2018, 14:10

Thanks Kasper for Your kind reply, glad that You have enjoyed those outstanding Hamilton's designs from Richard Arbib (me too!). :-D

And now, again before Episode 3 (that will present watches related to the Moon/Lunar Conquest!) :grin1: , my new watch (I am waiting for it to arrive!) made to celebrate the Moon landing in July 20, 1969 - Apollo 11 Mission - The Ermano Lunastar with a caseback image of Moon Landing/Lunar Module and an Astronaut taking lunar samples + with original box! :-D
Note:I will publish the (hi)story of the watches celebrating the MAJOR LUNAR CONQUEST/LANDING eventually later!


The watch was presented at Basel Fair Exposition in 1970 (even if it was another Ermano Lunastar presented at Basel in early 1969, but without the image on the caseback, because the real Moon landing had NOT happened YET!): M:)W:)M
Please read the URL below for the Basel Fair 1970 presentation of the watch and images:
http://www.swisstime.ch/en-watches-ERMA ... 05850.html
Image from 1970 Basel Fair Expo, from swisstime.ch
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And now some pictures of my watch + original box: :grin1:

The watch:
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The watch caseback, with an Astronaut ON THE MOON collecting Lunar rock samples and the Lunar Module:
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The Original Box stating "Mod Dep Swiss Made" = Modele depose = Registered model
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Re: Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wa

Post11 Jan 2018, 21:57

Finally, the watch has arrived.
And even if I was aware - after the online searching about this early Ermano Lunastar watch, that - coming with its original box and original bracelet, it may sport a highly sought after VINTAGE SWISS gold plated NSA bracelet, I STILL had a big surprise:

It is not a regular vintage SWISS NSA GOLD PLATED bracelet, it is the NSA Patented 434845 model, which was delivered, among other famous watches with:
1. famous vintage Chrono Heuer Monaco 1133B (before the TAG HEUER brand) :grin1:
as one may read at:
https://www.calibre11.com/original-heue ... e-mcqueen/
and an image of the NSA Patent logo from a Heuer Monaco Chrono, image from calibre11.com
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where is mentioned that "note that NSA offered this bracelet for other brands, so make sure that it has the Heuer logo on the clasp." M:)W:)M
2. with FAVRE LEUBA BATHY 160 US

etc etc

One may see this type of NSA bracelet in SS or gold plated already sold on ebay for various brands as Heuer or Fabre-Leuba below:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-NSA-1133b-bracelet-for-Heuer-Monaco-Steve-McQueen-Chronograph-22mm-/311988993086?hash=item48a3fe3c3e%3Ag%3AZAoAAOSwZC1Z8Kvy&nma=true&si=B0io%252BbKnuSqCeHFs6%252FDIl48PL%252FQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-favre-leuba-bracelet-for-bathy-160-us-Deep-Blue-nsa-Good-Condition-/112637098125?hash=item1a39b1b88d%3Ag%3A0xgAAOSw7eFZ3S2M&nma=true&si=B0io%252BbKnuSqCeHFs6%252FDIl48PL%252FQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557


Of course, being delivered with a Swiss Ermano watch, not an Heuer watch, the current price of such a Ermano NSA bracelet will not be the same as the above ones...but I am still amazed about the rarity of such a NSA bracelet...
It seems that the Swiss Ermano company really wanted to impress people at those Basel Fairs in early '70!!!
M:)W:)M

An now some other photos of this SPECIAL VINTAGE - 1970 - Ermano Lunastar celebrating Moonlanding watch + the original NSA bracelet:[/color][/b]
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And the Swiss NSA logo:
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Re: Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wa

Post13 Jan 2018, 10:38

Interesting read as allways :-D thanks

saw this one passing by a few minutes ago...looks the same?

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Re: Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wa

Post13 Jan 2018, 13:17

Thanks Kasper for the image,
Indeed, it seems that in early-mid '70s Zodiac and some other Swiss brands presented quite similar "UFO" shaped automatic watches as Ermano Lunastar, BUT without a MOON LANDING image on the caseback... :grin1:
It seems there are a limited number of watch brands that have been issued watches meant to celebrate Major Space Conquest achievements...and I will may present them later on this thread, including some other types from Ermano brand. :-D

Anyway, here it is another "UFO shaped" Zodiac - but without a Moon Landing image on caseback - from a current Ebay auction (not my watch!):
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-ZODIAC-AUTOMATIC-mens-wristwatch-w-BLUE-DIAL-NO-RESERVE-/152854381099

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Re: Spaceman watches inspired from Space Oddysey and Star Wa

Post28 Jan 2018, 23:09

And...just for fun :grin1:, I will present here the efforts of Ermano Watch Company to advertise its "exotic/outer space" :grin1: watch ERMANO LUNASTAR at Basle Fair in early 1970 - in a similar commercial/marketing "luxury" package - as one of the most praised watches of that time: The first automatic chronograph... developed by a joint venture of Heuer, Breitling, Buren and Dubois-Depraz in 1969..THE MIGHTY HEUER Monaco , caliber 11 M:)W:)M
One may read more about this OUTSTANDING chronograph watch at

https://monochrome-watches.com/the-firs ... -movement/
1. As one may read on my above posts, since 1969, when the Heuer Monaco was launched...it has used a genuine Novavit SA/NSA special type of bracelet, as You may read on the above posts...
1.A. When they presented the LUNASTAR II on Basel 1970, Ermano had used the same NSA "luxury" bracelet as the Heuer Monaco, but in a SS-GP (Stainless Stell - Gold-Plated variant) :-D

2. It seems that nobody knows exactly the BOX of the FIRST 1969 variant of the FIRST automatic chronograph - Heuer caliber 11 (Monaco) 1969, but the 1971 Heuer Monaco, in the Steve McQueen variant, has a customized presentation box like the below one:

Image from https://www.calibre11.com/original-heue ... e-mcqueen/
"If you can find an original Red Heuer box, then certainly grab that to go with the watch. These boxes sell for around $1000 " M:)W:)M
https://www.calibre11.com/original-heue ... e-mcqueen/
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2.A. Please take a look at THE BOX of the ORIGINAL ERMANO LUNASTAR from the early 70's, look at the material, colour and presentation in the photos and on the URLs presented above...for me it's QUITE SIMILAR with Heuer 1971 Monaco box :grin1:
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So what I wanted to demonstrate, is that ERMANO Watch Company have tried hard to put their 1970 BASLE FAIR EXPO ERMANO Lunastar watch - celebrating the MOON CONQUEST - in a similar "luxury" marketing presentation as one of the MOST FAMOUS watches at that time - THE FIRST AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH - made by HEUER WATCH COMPANY in only cca 1000 pieces...
M:)W:)M
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