Almost everyone knows that the first wristwatch that had landed on the moon was Omega Speedmaster, however, few people knows that the first timepiece that entered the space was Breitling Cosmonaute, which was even earlier than the moon landing project. On May 24, 1962, Malcolm Scott Carpenter, the astronaut from America took the Aurora 7 spacecraft to get access into space for the first time, wearing the astronaut watch that Breitling created especially for him, making the Cosmonaute become the first model to completely get rid of the gravity.
Breitling released a new Cosmonaute to celebrate its 60th anniversary of the great event and equip a in-house manufactured calibre B02 in the heart of the model. The main differences between the Breitling imitation watch with black steel case are of the movement and the 24-hour hour markers which were depended on the special conditions in space. Since there’s no earth gravity, the self-winding movement couldn’t work normally, it must be replaced by the manual winding movement. It can’t tell when was night or day in space, so the hour markers on the dial had been designed with 24 hours instead of 12 hours in order not to mistake the time.
Equipped with calibre B 02, a manual winding movement manufactured by Breitling, Breitling Navitimer fake watch with black rubber strap provides a power reserve of 70 hours. The caseback has been engraved with the pattern of the medal of the plan of Aurora 7 to pay tribute to Malcolm Scott Carpenter.