Time Continuum: Spaceman Watches of the 1970’s

by Matt Forcey

In the late sixties Claude Lebet, owner of the Bulle, Switzerland-based watch brand Catena, asked Andre LeMarquand an architect from Neuchâtel, to create a timepiece inspired by man’s conquest of the moon and the astronauts who made it there.  Mr. Le Marquand provided him with his first wristwatch design called, what else, the “Spaceman.” 

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The Spaceman was unlike anything seen before and Catena introduced the fleet at the Basel Fair of 1972. The large oval case appeared to be docked on your wrist held by a triple-forked Corfam strap by DuPont. The case also had a coned dome crystal half concealed by a colored metal visor that allowed viewing of the dial to only the wearer. All hands and markers were perfectly seventies orange with models in a variety of colors only possible during that special decade.

The watches were powered by automatic and manual winding mechanical ETA movements and were distributed by a variety brands, among them Jules Jurgensen, Fortis, Tressa and Zeno.

Via Watchismo

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