Bulova Chronograph Flown to moon on Apollo 15

Hello  - I just came across this forum on Bulova watches and hope someone can help me solve a mystery,

  I found this entry on Wikipedia regarding watches worn by astronauts on the moon:   In 1971, Apollo 15 commander David Scott's issued Speedmaster lost its Plexiglas crystal during EVA-2. For EVA-3, the final lunar surface EVA, In a 2011 interview, Colonel Scott stated that he wore a Bulova Chronograph watch, model number 88510/01, NASA Part Number SEB12100030-202 that he had agreed to evaluate for the company. Because of the commercial interests involved and the revelation of the Apollo 15 postage stamp incident, NASA withheld Bulova's name for years afterward. Therefore, while the Speedmaster was the first watch worn on the moon, it is not the only one, as Omega often claims on its watches and in marketing materials.     My question is, which Bulova watch would have been identified as "88510/01" ???   Since it is comparable to an Omega Speedmaster, I presume this is a manual wind Valjoux chronograph which Bulova made around 1970. Does that model number match anything anyone is aware of ??   Thank you   -Robert  
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Reverend Rob
Posted October 8, 2015 - 12:34pm

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The watch is going up for auction this month.



Posted October 2, 2016 - 11:32pm

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I'd like to think that we played a small part in the history of this watch.

Posted April 21, 2017 - 11:01pm

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Here is the original patent submission for the Bulova Moon Chronograph dated July 27 1971, courtesy of Ken Anderson (AndersoK) who notes that the submission is one day after the Apollo 15 mission launched.....coincidence.....I think not.

Bulova Moon Watch 1971 Patent

Astronaut M2
Posted May 26, 2018 - 4:22pm