Astronaut Alan Bean's watch valued at up to $60,000

An 18k gold Omega Speedmaster watch belonging to astronaut Alan Bean is to auction at Bonhams New York on April 21 with a $40,000-60,000 estimate.

Bean was presented with the watch (numbered 26 of 30) along with President Nixon, Vice president Agnew and various other Apollo astronauts.

Omega watch Bean
Bean was presented the watch during the 1970s

The back is engraved: "Astronaut Alan Bean - to mark man's conquest of space with time, through time, on time. Skylab Mission II [III] Apollo 12."

Cassandra Hatton, director of history of science and technology at Bonhams, says: "We are extremely pleased to be offering the Apollo 12 collection of Alan Bean, including his rare Omega Speedmaster Professional. Omega has a long history of being the watch of choice for the US Space Program, and has been the first and only watch to have been worn on the moon."

The sale will include a wealth of other materials from Bean's personal collection, including a framed set of pouches containing a meal (spaghetti and sauce - reportedly his favourite) that was flown on Apollo 12.

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