Why did the dial of Vacheron Constantin decorate with the mark of Apollo 14? This is a puzzle for collectors nearly half a century. After years of searching, December 6, 2016, Christie’s auction in New York offers this legendary chronometer, the gold pointer fake Vacheron Constantin Ref. 6351 “Apollo 14 For Edgar Mitchell” watch.
Apollo 14 is the eighth manned mission of U.S. national aeronautics and space administration in the Apollo program, and is also a successful manned mission for the third time to the moon, that was launched on January 31, 1971.
On February 9, 1971, the astronauts returned from the space, Edgar Mitchell was given a replica Vacheron Constantin Ref. 6351 watch. According to the bottom of the watch with the words engraved, donors for some Swiss citizens. This Caliber 1003 copy Vacheron Constantin watch produced only three, and on the dial that was decorated the Apollo 14 logo, the names of three astronauts, as well as the design of Venus are flying to the moon from the earth.
The copy Vacheron Constantin watch carries the Caliber 1003 ultra-thin movement which launched in 1955. More than 50 years, the Caliber 1003 once has been one of the world’s most thin manual winding mechanical movement, and Vacheron Constantin still in use. This watch is the simple of heroism and talent of Edgar Mitchell, that is also bound to affect the human history.