The Alaska III – Special NASA “Radial” dial spotted at work !
August 22, 2019/
During the Space Shuttle program from 1981, a very special Speedmaster was supplied to Astronauts, The Alaska III, featuring an all-brushed case, made in America by Star Watch Case Company, and a special design radial numbers dial without SWISS MADE.
This was a consequence of the “Buy American Act", that established more restrictive Government purchasing policies, it required Federal agencies to procure domestic materials and products for specific use, and NASA had to proceed to a new re-certification only for those watches produced in the united states. After all the tests, in November 1978 NASA chose the Speedmaster again, this time from 30 candidates and they finally delivered 56 pieces.
Here below some photos where you can see this particular watch at the astronauts' wrists.