With the recent success of Space X Dragon, the first private spacecraft to launch and connect with the international space station, there’s been a renewed attention to aeronautics and space travel. 50 years ago and for only the second time in history, astronaut Scott Carpenter strapped on a Breitling Navitimer chronograph and orbited the earth three times. To memorialize then Lt. Commander Carpenter’s journey, and the first wristwatch worn by an American in orbit, Breitling developed the Navitimer Cosmonaute, a reproduction of the watch worn on that historic journey.

The manual wind timepiece includes a 24-hour display, a feature Commander Carpenter specifically asked Breitling to include, chambered sapphire crystal, and a Fahrenheit/Celsius conversion scale etched on the back. As a nod to the year Carpenter and his watch circled the planet, Breitling has limited production to just 1,962 pieces. As yet, no price has been announced.

Check out the video after the jump for a detailed look at the history of the timepiece.

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