The mid 1960’s Cosmonaute reference 809 ‘Wide Bezel’ models are sufficient of a subtle piece for any vintage Breitling gatherer, so the news that one possessed by Astronaut John Glenn will be coming available to be purchased is a totally great second that may get a few of us a tad excited.

On the 10th December 2019, Phillips Watches will hold their ‘Distinct advantages’ closeout in New York City where two of John Glenn ‘s watches will highlight, outstandingly his Navitimer 809.

John Glenn’s Breitling Navitimer 809 Cosmonaute

This specific closeout is now notable to highlight Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master as worn in the Film Apocalypse Now among other notable watches.

John Glenn Jr. was a United States Marine Corps pilot, engineer, space traveler, and lawmaker. Becoming the primary American to circle the Earth, circling it multiple times in 1962. Prior to joining NASA, Glenn was a distinguished military pilot in World War II and was granted six Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen Air Medals.

He was one of the Mercury Seven, military aircraft testers chose in 1959 by NASA as the nation’s first astronauts. On twentieth February 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission, becoming the primary American to circle the Earth. He got the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1962, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, was inducted into the U.S. Space traveler Hall of Fame in 1990 and got the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

Following his retirement from NASA, he served from 1974 to 1999 as a Democratic United States Senator from Ohio, and in 1998 flew into space again at the time of 77.

For his milestone space flight, Glenn was known to have worn a Heuer however this was a clock stopwatch lashed to his wrist.

Navitimer 809 Cosmonaute

How the Mercury astronauts came into ownership of the Breitling Cosmonaute watches isn’t absolutely clear. There is the likelihood that NASA gave these watches or that they were just skilled by Breitling. With the 809 intended to become the authority watch of the Mercury program either is possible.

Specifically, the watch being referred to is a Breitling Navitimer reference 809 (no Cosmonaute wording) with 24 hour all Black dial and wide beaded bezel, commonly alluded to as the ‘Scott Carpenter’. This equivalent form of the 1962 Navitimer was broadly worn via Carpenter on the NASA Mercury Space Missions and turned into the principal Swiss Chronograph in Space.

Craftsman had been involved in helping Breitling build up the Cosmonaute model in the wake of becoming attached to the Navitimer chronographs he had seen on the wrists of Air Force pilots and proposed adjustments that could be applied to all the more likely suit Space travel for the Mercury mission.

The alterations included – Firstly to re-align the Venus 178 development to show on a 24-hour dial. The hour and a half circle of the group brought about continuous changes from light to dull and this would make it simpler to monitor time.

Whilst there is the undeniable change to the numbered markers on the dial to show an entire 24 hours the slide rule is additionally streamlined with the expulsion of the Hours: Minutes scale thought to be of no utilization traveling in Space.

Finally, the beaded bezel was made more extensive, tapering outwards to make it simpler for the bezel to be worked and pivoted while wearing gloves. Giving the original 809 it’s exceptional and famous look and making the general watch currently gauges 42.5mm versus the standard Navitimer at around 40.5mm.

The significance of this piece will clearly add to its incentive at closeout, however even as an uncommon 1962 ‘Wide Bezel’ Cosmonaute we have here an especially extraordinary example.

Showing pleasant fresh edges and original finish to the case with next to no wear to the dots on the bezel. A lovely form of the early Venus 178 development with bended ‘Breitling Watch Ltd’ text and WOG import code for Wakmann Watch Co the US merchant in the 1960s. A stunning condition All Black dial with Gold applied AOPA wings logo and decent cream tone patina to the numeral markers. The case back bearing chronic number 955608 dating the watch to 1962.

With a guided Estimate of $40,000 – $80,000 USD this Cosmonaute will probably far surpass any cost accomplished lately for an original 809 and properly so being conceivably among the most extraordinary and most significant Breitling watches to surface at international auction.

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Thanks should go to Phillips Watches for providing me with these high-goal pictures of John Glenn’s watch. Specifically Alex Ghotbi and Paul Boutros.

NASA mission symbolism through Wikipedia.

This article was contributed by Simon Mellor, proprietor of .


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