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It's important to remember that the Speedmaster wasn't the only game in town. It was selected out of a number of Moon Watch contenders with the right technical chops, including the Accutron. While Bulova didn't make the cut for the watch worn on the mission, Accutron timing instruments did make their way onto 46 official NASA missions.
Then on August 2, 1971, Bulova finally earned the title of "Moon Watch" when David R. Scott wore the Bulova Chronograph ref. 88510/01 on the lunar surface. He elected to wear the watch after the crystal on his Speedmaster came off during an earlier moonwalk. Scott noted in an official NASA log:
"I noticed that the crystal of my Omega had popped off sometime during the EVA. Therefore, on EVA-3, I used my backup watch."
His backup watch was a Bulova #88510/01 that ended up selling in 2015 for $1.6 million. Speedmasters that have been to the moon are technically government property and therefore cannot be traded privately. This Bulova was Scott's personal watch, meaning he was free to sell it if he wanted to.
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