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  1. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Apr 3, 2020

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    LOL I know who you are on FB now!
     
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  2. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Apr 8, 2020

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    Can't believe this topic is 3 years old... as Werenbach will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the unique concept of making wristwatch dials from spent Soyuz launchvehicle strap-on booster rockets, post-launch recovered in the Kazakhstan steppes some 350 kilometers downrange of the Baikonur launchpad...
    For those who didn't already, read the insider scoop text here: https://www.werenbach.ch/en/my-werenbach/newsletter/
     
  3. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Apr 20, 2020

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    Some home photography... Werenbach Leonov series with correct mission patch & trinkets added ;)
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  4. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe May 22, 2020

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    The full set... sturdy Werenbach presentation case with the actual piece of Soyuz launchvehicle booster metal the dial was cut out of and mission patch & pin for the June 2018 Soyuz MS-09 mission the metal was recovered from in the steppes of Kazakhstan...
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  5. pIoNeErOfThEnILe May 22, 2020

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    that's cool. makes for a good story
     
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  6. TDBK May 24, 2020

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    Is this surrounding piece normally included with a BTO watch, or was this something limited? I didn't find mention of it on the site.
     
  7. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe May 24, 2020

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    @TDBK
    Werenbach has three series of watches:
    Mach 33 = Euro 250.00 range = only a small piece of a Soyuz sits on the dial above the six o'clock position
    Leonov = Euro 1200.00 range = the complete dial is made of Soyuz metal and this watch comes with the actual piece the dial was cut out of
    Soyuz = Euro 4800.00 range = the complete cases of these watches are made from a melted down rocket engine
    Furthermore there's BTO = Build-to-order
    Choose Your desired Soyuz metal to create a watch with the Werenbach team in Zurich...

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    Edited May 24, 2020
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  8. TDBK May 24, 2020

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    Thanks. I was looking at the Leonov customizing section, it's nice to pick out your specific dial and I love that they show character, burn marks, erosion, and labeling individual to that one dial and showing the effects of its trip near to space. The website is not very easy to understand and I still can't find anyplace where they show you that you'll receive this piece which shows you the context from which the dial was cut.

    As someone fascinated with space equipment, I'm tempted.

    (Attached, a photo of a very, very small piece of the Apollo 13 spacecraft.)
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  9. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe May 25, 2020

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  10. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Sep 21, 2020

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  11. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Oct 24, 2023

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    Werenbach wrist watches... end of an era !
    Werenbach watches Zurich will stop producing, ending their story with an event in Zurich on Saturday, 25 November from 11.00 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.
    https://www.werenbach.ch/en/about-werenbach/
     
  12. Fallout Boy Oct 24, 2023

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    Interesting! But: why?

    Any infos?
     
  13. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Oct 25, 2023

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    Geopolitically, I guess it isn't that easy to travel to Kazachstan and collect dropped boosters from Soyuz launch vehicles any longer... :unsure:
     
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  14. Fallout Boy Oct 25, 2023

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    OK, makes sense :thumbsup: