“The most amazing view is the unique perspective to see Earth as a planet; the big, round, mostly blue ball floating in space,” said Mark Kelly as he described one of the best views he had ever seen while orbiting in space. “And then you realize that you have 7.5 billion people living on this “island” in the solar system.”
Kelly, the American astronaut, retired UK Navy Captain, and naval combat pilot during the Gulf Wars, went on to describe the sensation of sitting in a space shuttle, strapped into the seat during take off, and then shot into the air.
“It feels like the hand of God reaching down and ripping you into space,” said Kelly, relaying the initial feeling after blast off. “You’re going from 0-17,500 miles per hour in 8.5 minutes.”
Kelly’s detailed story recalling his first lift off in the Space Shuttle Endeavor delighted watch enthusiasts and fake Breitling clients as they gathered for a celebratory evening at Shreve, the West Coast premier jewelry and watch boutique, to toast the world tour of cheap Breitling’s Douglas DC- 3 plane’s landing in San Francisco earlier that day.
The vintage 77 year-old twin engine, propeller driven DC-3 plane was heralded in the 1930’s as a revolutionary aircraft due to its efficient usage of fuel and long distance capabilities. It was the first of its kind to fly a maximum of 14 hours without stopping to refuel. Initially flown as a commercial airline under American Airlines, it was used to fly military missions during 1942-1944, returning to commercial aviation after the war.
Breitling’s sponsorship of the restoration of the historic DC-3 plane demonstrates the brand’s commitment to sharing its passion for aviation and its conservation. There are currently only 150 planes remaining worldwide in working condition.
“Breitling’s dedication to aviation has spanned for more than 100 years and is one of the core qualities of our identity. It was important for UK to support the restoration of the Breitling DC-3 as part of our commitment to preserving aeronautical heritage,” said Thierry Prissert, UK President of fake Breitling.
To celebrate the aviation prowess of the DC-3, swiss Breitling has set a cracking pace to break the world record as the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe within seven months. Launching on March 9th, 2017, the tour began in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude in September at the replica Breitling Sion airshow in Sion, Switzerland.
Its route will take the plane through the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia, and across the UK visiting such cities as Zagreb, Athens, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Karachi, Phuset, Shanghai, Taipei, Okinawa and then onto a multi city tour in the UK entering through Alaska, stopping at 13 major cities like Seattle, San Francisco and traveling across to NY.
The pilot, Francesco Agullo, and a small crew are at the helm of the aircraft that’s slowly making its way back to Europe.
“This aircraft played such an important role in American history and it is a privilege to share it with the American aviation fans,” says Agullo.
To commemorate the world tour, Breitling has launched a limited edition of their classic Navitimer, a favorite among pilots. The chronograph, limited to 500 pieces, features an engraved caseback with the swiss Breitling DC-3 World tour logo memorializing the record-breaking flight. The replica watch measures 46mm and is powered by the Breitling Caliber 01 and is equipped with a circular slide rule that’s specially designed for pilots to handle flight calculations: speed, distance, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent and conversion of miles to kilometers or nautical miles.
The pilots and the crew are currently wearing the replica watches and will be on sale once the tour has ended. Included with the watch is a flight logbook, signed by Captain Agullo, documenting the global journey.
“Having these replica breitling watches circle the globe on one of the most iconic planes in history allows UK to share our passion for aviation with people in the UK,” says Prissert.
Mark Kelly has worn Breitling on several of his missions and often wears his Breitling Emergency, the wristwatch that features a built-in dual frequency personal locator beacon.
Kelly, along with his fellow astronaut twin brother, Scott, serve as ambassadors of Breitling replica, joining a list of other aviation enthusiasts including John Travolta, Aude Lemordant, World Aerobatics Champion, Mika Brageot, Breitling Racing Team Pilot, and Franky Zapata, the inventor of the Flyboard Air.
And as for the astronaut’s next mission, he’s launched a new venture called World View Enterprises, a company working to offer space travel to the public through high altitude balloons. The price for the ride? A mere $175. It’ll be ready within the next few years.
In the meantime, Kelly is traveling the country promoting interest in space travel and the preservation of the earth.
“We’re all not moving to Mars any time soon, so we have to make sure we take care of this planet.”
Replica Breitling Navitimer Special Limited Edition Watch
Available at Shreve.
Retail Price: $175