For space enthusiasts who can’t get enough of NASA timepieces, here’s another one from Xeric Watches: the NASA Voyager Automatic Watch. As the product name suggests, it is an automatic timepiece that pays homage to the robotic interstellar probes of the Voyager program. Voyager 1 and 2 were launched in 1977. 45 years on, Voyager is over 13 billion miles away still exploring and transmitting information back to Earth.

Xeric NASA Voyager Automatic Watch

Most watches are rated at 50 or 100 meters (5 or 10 ATM) water resistance but like the Voyager, Xeric wants its first-ever dive watch to be able to explore deeper, be it in the ocean or space, and thus it beefed up the watch to withstand up to 1,000 meters (!), or 100 ATM (or about 3,390 feet).

To achieve this pretty out-of-this-world water resistance, Xeris has integrated a helium escape valve to safely release the helium build-up during decompression and it has a super thick, ultra scratch-resistant sapphire glass measuring 4 mm – that is 3x the thicker than most watches – and the crystal’s dial side is further treated with anti-reflective coating to improve legibility.

Xeric NASA Voyager Automatic Watch

Speaking legibility, a thick coat of Super-LumiNova is applied to the hands and dial, further extending legibility in low light conditions. The Lume hands are inspired by the Voyager’s instrument booms, btw. The truss-style design reduces weight without sacrificing rigidity and serves to reduce unneeded strain on the mechanical components and also increase the power reserves.

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Other features expected include a Seiko NH35 Automatic self-winding movement with up to 42 hours of power reserve, a stainless steel case, a 120-click unidirectional bezel with raised minutes for enhanced usability when wearing dive gloves, a case back with an inlaid replica of “the Golden Record” cover found on the outside of the Voyager spacecraft, and a bespoke two-tone silicone strap with a shape that reminiscent of ribbed astronaut gloves.

Xeric NASA Voyager Automatic Watch

If you are down, you may pre-order the Xeric NASA Voyager Automatic Watch on Kickstarter by pledging for a product. And you will want to do so because it is going at as much as 35% off, at US$389, while on Kickstarter. It is expected to sell for US$600 in retail. Well, that’s if the limited run of 1977 pieces hasn’t already been snapped up already.

Xeric NASA Voyager Automatic Watch
Xeric NASA Voyager Automatic Watch

Images: Xeric Watches.

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