El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th chronograph, the first ever watch to break the speed of sound ‘Mach 1.1’ in a near space environment with Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner who earned his place in space-history this Sunday, once again proves the reliability of Swiss luxury manufacture Zenith’s timepiece’s under extreme conditions. Especially developed to adapt to Baumgartner’s mission to be the first human to expose his body to a speed of Mach 1, the chronograph comes housed in a strong 45.5 mm stainless steel case which comes outfitted with a special commemorative case back displaying the daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s inspiring and daring motto; ‘Learn to love what you have been taught to fear.’
Notably, the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th chronographs’ dial whose markers and hands are inlaid with enough of Super-LumiNova to ensure legibility even under the darkest light conditions comes protected by a nostalgically domed version of the sapphire crystal, the second-hardest known substance.
The timepiece come equipped with world’s most accurate automatic chronograph movement, including the Flyback functions. Subjected to drastic changes in pressure, temperature, and terrible jolting, the watch impressively maintains its regular cadence of 36,000 vibrations per hour and required no adjustment, remaining accurate to the nearest second.
“This project is all about uniqueness, manpower and precision and my Zenith watch perfectly matches the mission,” Felix Baumgarnter said after the jump.
Interestingly, Zenith watches are renowned for participating in some of the grandest and awe-inspiring human adventures, including the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful fight for the freedom of India, the strong political actions of iconic leader John F. Kennedy, explorer Roald Amundsen’s historic discovery of the South and North poles, and the solo balloon flight of Jean-Louis Étienne over the North Pole, to name a few.
Besides, we have seen the Scott’s Lunar Surface stopwatch which was actually used to time engine burns of the Apollo 15 Lunar Module Falcon. Used to time the duration of the critical Descent Orbit Insertion (DOI) maneuver, this timer now proudly stands as one of the most expensive space memorabilia.