This Sunday (November 10), the famous Amtiquorum auction house will be auctioning an Omega Speedmaster Omega Speedmaster ‘Space Flight Edition’ in Geneva. Omega Speedmaster’s Spaceflight Edition is precious because they have all been worn in outer space and are rarely sold on the open market. The serial number No. 48261214 is even more exciting because it has been worn in outer space for the longest time-a total of 33 hours, which is unique. It is worn by Ukrainian astronaut Anatoly Artsebarsky.
Left: Anatoly Artsebarsky Right: Omega Speedmaster worn by Anatoly Artsebarsky
Artsebarsky is the captain of the former Soviet Union manned spacecraft. In 1991, at the age of 35, he directed the first Russian-British joint space mission. He also took off with Helen Sharman, the first British spaceman, and Sergei Krikalev, the longest record holder in space. Artsebarsky spent 5 months (full 145 days) on the MIR Space Station, performing various projects and restoration tasks. He also wore an Omega Speedmaster for six unprecedented space walks for a total of 33 hours. When flying around the ground in August of that year, the history on the ground was undergoing earth-shaking changes, and the astronauts were also forgotten in space. Gorbachev was placed under house arrest in Russia, and a coup was brewing in an attempt to overthrow his government. After three days of tense confrontation, the coup was quelled, everything was calm again, and they reconnected with Artsebarsky.
When he returned to the ground in October, many former Soviet Union nations had declared their independence, and the Soviet Union when Artsebarsky left in May is gone. However, when he returned to the ground, he was immediately regarded as a hero of the Soviet Union and awarded the Lenin badge, the Soviet Flying Astronaut Medal and the Outstanding Contribution to Space Development.
Artsebarsky’s Speedmaster is well-preserved and everything works perfectly. Now his owner is a British financier with all the supporting materials, including a watch box signed by the astronaut. I hope to attract interested people to participate in the auction. In addition to watch collectors and space enthusiasts, I also look forward to friends from Russia and Ukraine who love the rare objects in the recent history of their country to participate in the auction. In watch auctions, historical value and who the previous owner is becomes more and more important. Among the items sold in the past, the owner’s items that have happened interestingly, the auction price is between 10,000 to 2 million US dollars This watch by Artsebarsky is estimated at between 20,000 and 40,000 Swiss francs.
Lot: Slim Omega watch worn by astronaut Artsebarsky
When: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland