By now, everyone is probably at least somewhat familiar with the SR-71. It seems to grace the pages of HODINKEE with regularity. And it's easy to see why: It's one of the most impressive bits of technology humankind has ever created. It's an absolute marvel. Lesser known is its predecessor, the A-12, which was based on a design brief mean to address the shortcomings of the U-2 spy plane. What you might not know about, however, is that pilots of both those planes, and the experimental X-15, all wore Bulova Astronaut watches.
Unlike the A-12, the Bulova Astronaut was not designed with a slide rule, but that doesn't make it any less impressive. The Accutron technology was truly cutting edge for the time, just like the airframe.*
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