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Providing Space Flown Certification for Diatom Watches

Diatom spacecraft in space looking at back at Earth

With their new release of the Blue Dot watch, Diatom are breaking the mould when it comes to space flown technology. Sent Into Space has partnered with Diatom to authenticate and launch every Blue Dot watch into space. The Blue Dot is a meteorite watch containing metal from a lunar flown Apollo command module which we elevate to new heights through a space launch.

Space Flown Watches

Stainless steel backplate of the Diatom 'Blue Dot' watch engraved with the words 'SPACE FLOWN TECHNOLOGY'

Space watches represent a captivating fusion of human ingenuity, exploration, and the timeless allure of horology. This enchanting concept finds its roots in the mid-20th century when the Space Race between superpowers fuelled not only scientific advancements but also inspired a new era of watchmaking. Astronauts, pioneers of the cosmos, needed timepieces that could withstand the rigours of space travel, leading to the creation of iconic watches like the Omega Speedmaster.

Today, the market for space watches has evolved into a realm of exclusivity, with some timepieces boasting components that have journeyed beyond our atmosphere. These space flown watches embody the spirit of exploration and offer enthusiasts a tangible connection to the cosmos. As the demand for these celestial timepieces continues to rise, they stand as not just instruments for measuring time, but artifacts of human exploration and the wonders of outer space.

To create the ultimate space watch with Diatom, we’re sending every Blue Dot on a journey beyond the Armstrong Limit, to over 100,000ft. We’ll be providing the space flown certification to go alongside.

What makes the Blue Dot a space watch?

Diatom Blue Dot watch floating through space with Earth in the background

Diatom wanted to make their inaugural release stand out. A meteorite embellished, NASA Apollo metal containing watch needs a grand adventure to accompany an ambitious project. We tested the watches in our thermal vacuum chambers to -60°C and pressures approaching zero to ensure the watches would continue to perform optimally following flight.

Following flight training, the watches are placed inside a custom carbon fibre launch vehicle for protection. From the peak of the flight, the Diatom watches descend to Earth, reaching speeds over 200mph before slowing as parachutes bring them back to terra firma. Our team, tracking the watches throughout the flight, are ready to collect them as they land before shipping out to the customer.

What authentication is provided?

Accompanying each watch is a metal certification card, serial numbered which contains a QR code, unique to the space flown watch. The QR code takes the customer straight to the video produced by our team at Sent Into Space, showing the journey that the watch has been on.

Each video will showcase the launch allowing those lucky enough to secure a Blue Dot to show off the incredible story of their space flown watch. From loading the cargo to the blackness of space with the curve of the Earth clearly visible, an experience like no other.

What are meteorite watches?

Meteorite embelishment on the Diatom Blue Dot Watch

A meteorite watch is any watch that features material that fell to Earth from space, typically with a metallic crystal structure. Watches like The Grey Side of the Moon by Omega and now the Blue Dot by Diatom are great examples of meteorite watches.

Meteorite dials offer more than just a distinct aesthetic touch. Around 4.5 billion years ago, a conglomerate of iron and nickel began the early stages of forming a planet. For reasons unknown, this protoplanet didn't survive, breaking apart and sending its iron-nickel core drifting through space. As it travelled, the core cooled, forming intricate crystalline structures within.

Fast forward millions of years and one of these meteors found itself on a collision course with Earth, breaking apart in the atmosphere and scattering over the Namibian region of Southern Africa. Discovered in the 1800s, it was named the Gibeon Meteorite. The unique pattern found in these meteorites, now known as the Widmanstätten pattern, was named after Count Alois von Beckh Widmanstätten, the director of the Imperial Porcelain Works in Vienna, who discovered it while treating the meteorites with acid for cleaning.

Since then, the Gibeon Meteorite has been held in high esteem by jewellers and watchmakers, its ancient material finding its way into some of the most sought-after pieces. There's a certain cool factor in knowing that the piece of meteorite on your wrist is not only unique but also likely older than the solar system itself.

Are meteorite watches real?

Yes! There are some notable meteorite embellished watches from brands such as Omega. Diatom goes two steps further by producing a meteorite watch containing material from a lunar flown NASA Apollo metal and the whole watch launched into space with Sent Into Space.

Authenticity is key when it comes to space watches and we have a long history here of launching things into space. Diatom has secured some incredible authentic materials for the Blue Dot watch, and we’re thrilled to join them on this journey to create the ultimate space watch.

How to get a Blue Dot on your wrist

If you want to learn more about our partnership with Diatom, you can visit their socials and hear about all of the launches in depth. If you want to buy your own piece of space history you can order your 1 of 3000 limited edition Blue Dot watches directly from the Diatom website.


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