Continuing the tour of my watch collection. Today I have three very special, (to me), watches. From left to right; Watch number 1 is the Bulova Lunar Pilot. During the Apollo 15 mission, August 2, 1971, to the moon, Astronaut Commander Scott’s NASA supplied Omega Speedmaster failed when it’s crystal popped off. Commander Scott just happened to have a Bulova chronograph, made for NASA, with him and wore it for the rest of the mission including a space walk and rides on the moon rover. After his return, Bulova made a Chronograph of the same design available to the public. The Lunar Pilot uses a sepcial Quartz crystal that vibarates at over 262.000 KHZ. This quartz crystal makes the watch accurate to within 10 second per year
Watch number 2 is is my Brietling Chrono Avenger in Titanium. This is a big robust watch but because they use titanium for the watch case and bracklet, it is very light. This is the only really expensive watch I own, I paid over $2,500. for it new, right after the America from 500 Feet book was released. Being a mechanical watch it needs service every 5 years or so to keep it running accurately. It is going out this week for nearly $600. overhaul and maintenance, ouch!!!! The America From 500 Feet first book that I did with Wesley, was an imediate, run away, best seller, a few nice checks came in immediately, I used a little of my profit to buy this watch. Several years ago I gave it to Wes, but he would never wear it, he was afraid of something happening to it. When he went to be with our Lord, Rhonda gave it back to me and I am enjoying wearing it again, I think of Wes and our grand adventure everytime I look at the time, that alone is great reason to wear it!
Lastly watch number 3 is a Luminox 4200ANU Dive watch. This also has an interesting history. This is the watch that is given to BUDS graduates (U.S. Navy Seals) upon graduation. The model number 4200 ANU, the ANU stands for Authorized for Navy Use.
It was thoroughly tested at depths of up to 660 feet to be a true divers watch. This is the watch that I gave to an aging marine church member of mine. I wrote about it on another blog. One day in church God said to me in my spirit, you were never a Navy Seal, Bob should have that watch. That was a tough time to be obedient, I love the watch, but the only acceptable answer when God calls is “Yes Sir”. I gave it to Bob and he loved it and wore for a couple of years until he went on to be with the Lord. Afterwards his wife returned it to me and asked me to wear it in honor of him, I do and I will!
Time is the only thing we ever loose that we can’t replace. Wearing a watch reminds me of the passage of time. We are only given a certain measure of it and we don’t know what that measure is, I wear watches to remind me to make the most out of every moment to love God, be obedient to Him and love others with His love. ….aand I just like looking at them too!