Ever wanted to own an Omega Speedmaster that was actually worn in space? Is that the most rhetorical question you've ever heard? If so, a) get in line, and b) you're in luck, because online auction house RR Auction are offering just that – an Omega Speedmaster that has slipped the bonds of terra firma and glimpsed into the infinite blackness of outer space. Owned by Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin, the flight-qualified timepiece was strapped to Budarin's wrist when he took part in several of the missions that were part of the fabled Shuttle–MIR space program between the United States and Russia. All told, Budarin wore this Speedmaster while performing three Extravehicular Activities (EVAs – any activity completed by an astronaut or cosmonaut outside a spacecraft beyond the Earth's appreciable atmosphere), including the STS-71 mission, which saw the first-ever flight and docking of a space shuttle to the MIR space station. Accompanying the extraterrestrial timepiece is a letter of provenance signed by Budarin himself, which reads: "I certify that the Omega Speedmaster Professional with the serial No. 48267771 was used by me during the flight of EO-19 on the space station MIR during intra station activity and during my three…

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