Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
There are many dates in history that are memorable for different reasons, but 50 years ago is definitely one that stands out and is still talked about.
I think a lot of people like myself probably find the moment, 20th July 1969 at 9.56pm, when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon one of the most exciting moments in history. I would also imagine that most people are familiar with that now famous phrase “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
To say that I was excited when offered a limited edition “Lunar 1969” Col&MacArthur watch to review is an understatement. I knew that someone in my life would absolutely love it.
The watch arrived quickly in perfect condition. The gift box is stunning and clearly made from quality materials. The company provided a fabric sleeve which protects the gift box and then there is also a white cardboard sleeve which offers further protection. Inside the gift box is a space which perfectly holds the watch and a fabric pillow.
Now for the watch. If I was asked to use one word to describe it, I would say “Wow!”. It is simply stunning, and the quality of the materials used in its manufacture is apparent. The watch face itself is simple and elegant. There are numbers printed at various positions around the watch face, featuring and image of the face of the moon, that represent the geographical coordinates of each lunar landing. That is so exciting. It’s like you are wearing special moments in history. The date of the Apollo XI landing is engraved on the case at 9.56pm, marking his historic moment in time. 12 o’clock is significant too. The name of the famous Basalt basin “Mare Tranquillitatis” is engraved at 12 o’clock. On the back is an engraving of a moon boot.
I gifted this watch to a friend and I know that this is something they would probably want to pass onto their grandchildren. The watch strap is a bracelet type one crafted from stainless steel. It’s easy to fasten and unfasten and is substantial enough that it should last for many years to come. Even more exciting is that a fragment of lunar meteorite has been inserted into the watch at 12 o’clock. A certificate of authenticity is provided with the watch.
The watch itself costs £449. To make it even more special, customers can choose to have the watch sent into near space for and an extra fee (£225 for a standard flight with CoA or £900 for a premium flight with CoA and video from the onboard camera). The company actually sent the first watch into space on 16th July 2019.
The watch is traditional analogue style. The time could be set easily by pulling out the dial on the side of the watch and then turning the dial until the correct time is reached. To set the time, the watch dial need to be pushed back inwards.
This watch would make a lovely Christmas Gift a someone special man in your life, it really is a unique watch to celebrate a special time in history (only 1969 were made to celebrate the moon landing). It would also make a lovely treat to buy yourself. The recipient of this watch was beyond delighted with it and I am sure will cherish it for many many years.
A rare and unique elegant watch that memorialises a special moment in time. Not many have been to the moon so to own a watch featuring an authenticated piece of moon rock is very special.
This is one of the easiest 5/5 ratings I have ever given.
RRP: £449 (analogue watch without near space flight).
For more information or to buy this limited edition Lunar 1969 watch visit colandmacarthur.com.