It’s good news for Lee Holland, 29, David Moffatt, 50, and Jesse Meehan, 12 who successfully found the Seiko Astron GPS Watch launched into space last month.
Derbyshire based watch specialists, Jura Watches recently launched the Seiko Astron GPS into the upper atmosphere on a balloon traveling more than 100km, reaching an altitude of 36km which is 17km higher than the Armstrong line, the official border between earth and space.
The £1,500 watch was released into space as part of Space Exploration Day, inviting anyone to join the regional treasure hunt for the luxury piece, promising anyone finding the watch was the new owner.
Lee Holland, David Moffatt, and Jesse Meehan utilized quad bikes and remote-controlled drone to aid regional their search. But it wasn’t an easy task as Lee Moffatt, stepfather of Jesse, and stepson of David, pointed out, saying “We had just returned home after hours of searching to have something to eat and then we saw the latest announcement on the Jura Watches’ Facebook page. “We didn’t even finish our dinner, we just went straight back out in the rain to find it.”
Launched from Carsington, Derbyshire, the balloon traveled over Matlock, Chesterfield, Sheffield, before bursting above the Peak District, when the GPS tracking feed was cut. The final resting place was to be a Hooton Pagnell field where the family found the treasure, and not too soon. As they explained, they were worried someone could find it without being aware of the treasure hunt.
“We started to worry that it might be found by somebody who wasn’t even aware of the competition. We found it at the right time. It was right at the edge of a corn field that was ready for a farmer to come along with a combine harvester – A few more days and it would have been gone.”
The managers at Jura Watches, James Sellors, extended his congratulations to the family team, saying “All of us here have a true passion for watches, so to work on a project like this was an incredible experience”
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