Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th : World’s first watch that broke sound barrier all thanks to Felix Baumgartner
Whether it is stunt coordination, freefall camera, skydiving or base jumping; Felix Baumgartner (43-year old with previous two world records holder) has done it all and now he has one of the most elusive record under his belt. Diving from the mind-numbing height of 39,045 meters attaining a top speed of 1,342.8 kilometers per hour the jump lasted a total of 9:03 minutes with 4:20 minutes spend in the earth’s atmosphere. Interestingly during this historic jump Felix was wearing the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Tribute to the Austrian man himself who was chosen as one of the ambassador’s for the premium watchmaking brand Zenith.
This watch was specially made for this mission which had a human being exposed to speeds of Mach 1 and the engraving on the back side of this watch “Learn to love what you have been taught to fear” truly coincides with the element of risk, fearlessness and a man’s will to push the limits.
The watch is housed inside 45.5 mm stainless steel casing and the dials has markers and hands are inlaid with Super-LumiNova to take on the harshest conditions for these kind of daring missions. For full proof protection the watch is further domed in sapphire crystal (second-hardest substance ever known).
Automatic movement powers the flyback chronograph so that timing intervals can be reset without the need to stop or start. Also the watch has the world’s most accurate automatic chronograph movement and the Striking 10th and Flyback functions. Being the official time keeper for this enthralling mission Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th becomes the world’s first watch to cross sound barrier in a near space like environment.
# The historic dive