Rockets Were Harmed in the Making of These Watches

Probably the closest you'll get to Mars — for now

By Evan Bleier

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24 May 2017

Since NASA ended its 30-year Space Shuttle program with the  landing of the Atlantis in July of  2011, the Russian-made Soyuz is now the only rocket that U.S. astronauts can take to the ISS.

It’s also, thanks to a Zurich-based start-up, now the only rocket that non-astronauts can take to their local horologist for a tune-up.

Made from pieces of the Soyuz rocket that fell back to the ground in Kazakhstan after helping the MS-02 mission reach orbit in the fall of 2016, the watches in Werenbach’s Earth Collection all feature materials that have reached heights of as much as 52 miles up.

Spaceborn Watches (5 images)

Since the five watches in the collection are made from different pieces of the rocket — inner surface, outer surface, engine, etc. — their faces are different shades and feature different levels of visible wear and tear. However, they all feature a 26-jewel, Swiss-made movement.

Prices range from about $550 to $770, all five of the watches are available on Kickstarter.

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