Haveston Mil-Straps are Now Available at Windup Watch Shop
Words by Windup Watch Shop
Over the past several years, nylon mil-straps have gone from an emerging trend to a common accessory that’s just a given in every watch collector’s tool kit. Fun, colorful, comfortable, great for hot weather, and affordable, it’s easy to own several and change them per your mood. But, as trends go, the more popular they’ve gotten, the more brands have popped up, seemingly selling an identical product. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but it’s boring. Enter Haveston, a relatively young British brand that has taken a unique, themed approach to the genre. And today, we’re excited to say that we’ll now be offering them at the Windup Watch Shop.
Haveston stands out by approaching their straps with two concepts in mind. First, they stay true to the military and historical roots of pass-through/mil-straps when considering colors and materials. The result is a well-tuned palette with color combinations that complement each other well. Second, they aren’t afraid to redesign the wheel, so to speak. Though at a glance their straps might appear similar to others, features like a floating second keep, make their straps more ergonomic and comfortable to wear.
Today, we’re adding several colors of Haveston straps from three of their series; Parade, Service, and Corp. Canvas.
Haveston Parade Series
Made out of what is commonly referred to as “seatbelt” nylon, these ultra-dense straps have a remarkably soft, supple feel and feature Haveston’s floating second keeper. Designed to be a dressier variety of mil-strap, the mix of bold solid colors and refined weave makes them a more elegant choice for your watch. Available now in Hull Grey, Insignia Blue and Black No. 1 with brushed hardware in 20 and 22mm for $29.
Based on watch straps from the ‘40s the Corp. Canvas feature heavy-weave canvas cotton with a single pass construction, modernized with a floating keeper. For fans of that vintage military look, nothing gets you closer than one of these. Available now in M-1943 C (green), A-12 (black) and Forecastle (gray) with brushed hardware in 20 and 22mm for $29.
The watch sold for $2588 CHF, which is roughly equivalent to $3,000 US at the time. Considering the newly discovered Bulova, the owner of that watch now has something incredibly rare at an absolute bargain. It may not have flown to outer space but it’s limited rarity makes it a special watch.
The overall picture is a bit clearer now. One can conclude that Universal Genève did in fact produce multiple copies of that particular watch, and that the Bulova prototypes are indeed Swiss in origin. And that initial question about the movement? Well, based off other Universal Genève Space Compaxes, we can assume that David Scott’s Bulova is powered by a Valjoux 72. Also, the auction’s movement description clearly reflects a Valjoux 72 (13 ligne) over a 7736.
The entire narrative of the Bulova watch that went to the moon proves that for watch lovers, there remain many discoveries still left to be made. And with every new inquiry, more questions arise. Who owns that mystery Universal Genève won at auction in 1994 and where is it today, and are there more prototypes floating about that we’ve yet to discover? And of course, there are still pending questions regarding Bulova’s relationship with NASA.
For fans of the reissued Bulova Moon Watch, owning a timepiece connected to an awesome bit of history need not cost an arm and a leg. The Bulova Moon Watch is readily available and at a price that doesn’t break the bank, and now that I know more about its history, mine just got even cooler.
Earlier this year, Omega made a welcome announcement — the Swiss manufacture was bringing back the 321 caliber, the legendary chronograph movement that powered early Speedmasters (among others), including those that eventually made their way up to the moon. The 321 is an excellent and much-adored movement, and the news ushering its revival definitely got some buzz in collector circles. Today, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we’re finally seeing its official return in — you guessed it — a Speedmaster, this one dubbed the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.
The Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum is, as the name proudly states, rendered in a special alloy of platinum and gold (Pt950Au20). Additionally, the bezel is black ceramic, and the tachymeter scale is done in white enamel. Around back is an open window to the beautifully-finished column-wheel movement. Otherwise, the DNA of the case, with its asymmetrical form and twisted lugs, is right from reference ST 105.012.
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WORN & WOUND ASTRONAUT DONN EISELE’S STOLEN SPEEDMASTER FOUND AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS MISSING
Storied watches going missing are always a point of fascination for collectors. One such watch story revolves around the Speedmaster worn by NASA astronaut Donn Eisele, who flew on the Apollo 7 Mission. Eisele, like many other NASA astronauts, wore an issued Speedmaster on his wrist, and in 1989, two years after Eisele’s passing, the watch was stolen from a display at the Instituto Geográfico Militar in Quito, Ecuador (the watch was on loan from the Smithsonian). An investigation was launched, but the thief was never found. That is, until a few years back.
THE SONG OF THE SUMMER OF ’69 “IN THE YEAR 2525” BY ZAGER & EVANS
50 years ago, during the summer of the moon landing, there was one song the dominated the Billboard 100 charts. Titled “In the Year 2525,” the track was written by a band called Zager & Evans, and it was their only hit. Ironically, with the moon landing showing humanity at its best, the song of the summer took a more dystopian, and some might say prescient, view of the future. Listen to the single above, and you can read a very brief interview with Mr. Zager in the the WSJ here.
The case of the U1-SP is stainless steel, but finished in a white Cerakote treatment and then stonewashed, giving each of the 50 watches in this limited run a unique look. We’ve seen this before from Unimatic in their similarly limited U1-MY, and the effect is just as striking now as it was then. The U1-MY was meant to evoke a watch that had been left at the bottom of the ocean, and this could just as easily be said to evoke a watch that was left on the moon. Cerakote, you may recall, is a ceramic coating that is commonly used to protect firearms and other high grade steel products from corroding. As watches made out of ceramic compounds become more popular, but still command relatively high prices, the use of a coating like this presents an interesting middle ground, as it gives a steel watch some of the scratch protection and durability associated with ceramics (and a unique aesthetic), without the high cost or fear of a watch case literally cracking apart if it’s dropped.
The limited edition U1-SP is currently sold out, with Unimatic having only produced 50 units. If you’re interested in landing one, then be sure to keep an eye out on the secondary market. Unimatic