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In 1875, just as America was entering its golden age of industry and progress, one visionary leader would arise to ignite a series of iconic moments in our nation’s history – and transform the way the world perceived time.
Fuelled by the era’s risk-taking ethos, Joseph Bulova presented one innovation after the next. Ultimately opening a small store in downtown New York City that would mark the beginning of his lifelong quest: to craft supreme quality timepieces for an ever-changing and dynamic landscape.
With an unwavering drive for perfection, efficiency and precision, quality craftsmanship became the foundation upon which Joseph Bulova built his brand. But what fuelled the brand’s continual progress was its spirit of invention - pursuing innovation and technology both within the timepiece industry – and beyond.
On August 2, 1971, Apollo 15’s mission commander, the seventh man to walk on the moon and the first to drive the Lunar Rover, made lunar history while wearing his Bulova chronograph.
Crafted specifically for astronomical conditions, the Lunar Pilot watch was used in space to track time, ensuring no one ran out of oxygen, water or battery power in the portable life support-system backpack. It was also used to back up the on-board timers for the critical re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The timepiece could—and did—perform flawlessly, withstanding pressures of changing atmospheric conditions, fluctuating temperatures and gravitational shifts.
Bulova continues to build the Archive Series franchise with the release of two new Lunar Pilot timepieces replicating the case size of the original watch that travelled to the moon. The watches come as a strap set with special latched spring bars for interchangeability. The Lunar Pilot chronograph is powered by the brand’s proprietary High Precision Quartz chronograph movement accurate to 1/20th second – a perfect collector’s piece for watch and space enthusiasts alike.