Anyone who has ever had a Smartphone or other similarly costly gadget disappears into thin air can relate to the pain felt by the numerous owners of expensive watches that seemingly dropped into a black hole and were never seen or heard of again. A few have resurfaced after decades of searching and considerable monetary resources and manpower have been spent. However, for the most part, the timepieces mentioned below have by, and largely dropped off the face off the earth and the mystery of their disappearance continues to puzzle both crime experts and amateur detectives the world over. From Breitling styles to a Breguet 2639, famous timepieces have vanished.
1. History’s first wristwatch
In 1810, the Queen of Naples commissioned what would turn out to be the world’s first wristwatch, the Breguet 2639, from the famous watch and clock maker Breguet. The watch took over a year to design and produce and was presented to the Queen in December of 1811 with a staggering bill of 4800 francs. 40 years later, the Countess Rasponi, who had inherited the watch from her mother, brought it to Breguet to have the winding time setting keys changed. A recording in the watchmaker’s books describing the watch as having a having a guilloche worked a case and cracked gold ring provides the last description about this famous specimen, which has not been seen for over two centuries now.
2. Buzz Aldrin’s moon watch
Considering that most people spend all their lives in the same town or country where they were born, the fact that a gadget that has traveled over 200,000 miles into outer space exists is something to wonder at. The gadget in question is Buzz Aldrin’s Omega Speedmaster. This watch, which has the honor of being the first human-made timepiece on the moon, was selected via extreme competitive bidding among famous brand names and won because tests showed that it met all the requirements for space travel. Unfortunately, not much else is known about this particular timepiece, since it went missing soon after the Apollo 11 mission.
3. John Lennon’s Patek Philippe 2499
Yoko Ono is thought to have presented the uber expensive, yellow gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph 2499/100 with sapphire crystals to John Lennon on the advent of his 40th birthday. This particular model is among the most popular collectibles, and the last one in the range was sold in 1987. No one has seen this watch since John Lennon was first pictured wearing it on his birthday, and the mystery of its location remains unsolved today.
Whether these famous timepieces got sucked into some invisible black hole, were stolen by some very fashion and tech savvy thieves or are lying in a crow’s nest somewhere remains to be seen. Fortunately, there are several wonderful models left for the rest of us to enjoy including several Breitling styles to make you look good without breaking the bank.