Watches have played a vital role in humankind’s exploration of the heavens, with the successful moon landing and the Omega Speedmasters worn during Apollo 11 stealing the show and dominating the narrative around watches in space. While the moon tends to get all the glory, space travel around and beyond it is just as crucial to horological legend. Exactly 60 years ago at 9:37 AM on May 5th, 1961, Alan Shepard made history when he manually piloted his Mercury spacecraft Freedom 7 in space, thus becoming the first American to achieve suborbital flight. The whole ordeal lasted a mere 15 minutes and 28 seconds, but its impact would set the stage for manned spaceflight for decades to come.