Quite often we find great stuff from watchmaking history on our own, of course, but a lot of the time we get help from readers too and in this case, a reader shared something with us in the comments that was so good we just wanted to make sure no one missed it. Here it is: NASA archival footage, via Spacecraft Films, showing LEM pilot Ed Mitchell putting on what looks like Replica Rolex GMT Master Series Watches UK under the inner cuff of his space suit.
Reader “Refractor Phil” commented, “This January 1971 Apollo 14 video shows astronaut-Lunar Module pilot Edgar Mitchell putting on extra watches underneath his spacesuit during suit up procedures for the third Lunar mission to land on the Moon. It looks like Stainless Steel Fake Rolex Watches on each arm tugged underneath the fire resistant long underwear sleeves . . . ”
The Apollo 14 crew – Commander Alan Shepard, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell – might have had butterflies in their stomachs after the close call of the preceding aborted Apollo 13 mission, but they look all business in the video and the nine-day mission went off without a hitch, famously including an interlude on the lunar surface, where Alan Shepard knocked a couple of golf balls around. We’ve seen stills of Mitchell’s Rolex GMT Master Copy Watches before but never run across this footage, which is just a great piece of living history. Mitchell passed away at the age of 85 just last February – the last surviving member of the Apollo 14 crew – and we can’t help but wonder what might have happened to his Rolex. Hit us up in the comments if you have any ideas!