Stories > Introducing Halda Space Race Polonia
Introducing Halda Space Race Polonia

Introducing Halda Space Race Polonia

Published 2015-11-27 by Administrator

This is it. By far the coolest watch on the planet. One piece in existence. Certified by NASA to go into space. Of only 129 made, this will be the only one in private ownership. Debut tonight on Gran Turismo Awards in Warsaw.

In March 2015, Gran Turismo and Halda Watch Company introduced a limited edition of the Halda Race Pilot - a watch with special features for racing drivers. Only 27 were made. Most of them handed over to drivers during the 2015 season.

Now, as you know, Halda also makes the Halda Space Discovery. Replacing the obsolete Omega Speedmaster, this became a watch approved to go to space with NASA to the International Space Station in 2009, and its worn by all ESA astronauts since then.

Halda Space Discovery is built around a very special mechanical movement. A movement working at a much higher bit rate (cycles per second) than normal watches, like Rolex Daytona. This gives the watch extreme levels of accuracy.

These movements were made in the late 1970's and refurbished by the watch maker Svend Andersen Geneva. Since they were so advanced, very few watch makers were able to build them. A high bit rate movement is, today, extremely rare.

Halda Watch company bought the remaning 128 movements from Andersen Geneva in the early 2000’s. All these movements were put to use in the Halda space watch and distributed to astronauts. Two watches are for display in museums - one in Washington, the other will be placed in The Museum of Science in London.

The discovery

During the late summer of 2015, a watch technician at Halda in Stockholm made a fantastic discovery. He could, by using spare parts of the Andersen Geneva lot, actually build a 129th movement. And now it becomes really interesting. Because this extra movement does not belong to NASA. It is the last Andersen Geneva Halda Space movement available on the planet.

With this last awesome Andersen Geneva movement, we are making what has to be the world’s most special edition watch ever. An edition limited to one piece only. Impossible to recreate, ever. We are making a hybrid between the Halda Gran Turismo and Halda Space Discovery. It is called Halda Space Race Polonia and it is one of the most rare timepieces in the world.

As in Halda Gran Turismo the watch consists of two interchangable modules, one mechanical and one race module. The race module is the Gran Turismo version - with lap timer and an extended catalogue of race tracks. The mechanical module is the brutal Andersen Geneva movement.

Two wristbands are included. One is a metal link. Good for missions on earth. The other one is adapted to missions in space, a canvas band. With a Polish flag replacing the NASA mission logo. And right by the Polish flag is the number 1978 - a friendly wink to Mr Miroslaw Hermaszewski, who in 1978 become the only Polish person to go in to space.

Mr Hermaszewski, to the left, in zero gravity on the Soyuz 30 spacecraft. This unique signed image from 1978 is included in the box, a long with the original mission badge.

Gran Turismo Events has its roots in Poland. Hence the hommage to Mr Hermaszewski, wearing the Polish eagle in the Soviet Soyuz 30 spacecraft making every Polish person on the planet, from Warsaw to Chicago, filled with pride. This watch is dedicated to this moment. And we are looking for a Polish owner of this very special watch.

Halda Space Race Polonia is showed to the world at for the first time at Gran Turismo Awards in Warsaw 28 November. The watch is 19.500 EUR.

If you want to own the only timepiece in the world in private ownership that is certified to go into space, please contact Mikael Sandström at Halda Watch Company now.

Subscribe to our newsletter

The latest news and stories. All the best roads, hotels and restaurants. Invitations to exciting events. Be the first to know by subscribing to our newsletter.

Mondo Gran Turismo

The latest news and stories from the world of Gran Turismo

The greatest April Fools' joke ever
The greatest April Fools' joke ever
The digital nomad’s guide to Montenegro
The digital nomad’s guide to Montenegro
Austria to implement their own vaccination passport
Austria to implement their own vaccination passport
Digital Green Certificates are happening
Digital Green Certificates are happening
Sardinia is our new destination for 2022
Sardinia is our new destination for 2022
Happy Birthday to Lamborghini Countach - 50 years old this week
Happy Birthday to Lamborghini Countach - 50 years old this week
Why you should spend your next winter in Italy
Why you should spend your next winter in Italy
Here is all we know about the coming Ferrari 812 GTO
Here is all we know about the coming Ferrari 812 GTO
How a brand new Ferrari got ruined by a vomiting passenger
How a brand new Ferrari got ruined by a vomiting passenger
The secret behind a great cup of coffee (no one has told you about)
The secret behind a great cup of coffee (no one has told you about)
Six things you may not know about Ferrari
Six things you may not know about Ferrari
Nine highly unethical tips for the psychopath traveller
Nine highly unethical tips for the psychopath traveller
My nine most important advice for an excellent road trip in Europe
My nine most important advice for an excellent road trip in Europe
The new McLaren Artura hybrid car has no reverse gear
The new McLaren Artura hybrid car has no reverse gear
The epic story behind the Ferrari and Lamborghini rivalry
The epic story behind the Ferrari and Lamborghini rivalry
The five reasons we absolutely love Portofino
The five reasons we absolutely love Portofino
The 52 different types of Police in Italy
The 52 different types of Police in Italy
What it’s like driving a supercar in Italian traffic
What it’s like driving a supercar in Italian traffic
The most important beauty contest in the world - Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
The most important beauty contest in the world - Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
Here are the top twelve roads in Europe with a Ferrari or Lamborghini supercar
Here are the top twelve roads in Europe with a Ferrari or Lamborghini supercar
More stories

Testimonials

Philipp König
Philipp König
Nürburgring Hero
"Gran Turismo's annual event on the Nürburgring is of epic proportions. Without a doubt the best supercar event on the track, that I really look forward to every year."
Andrzej Kuczynski
Andrzej Kuczynski
Mercedes-AMG power slider
"No one can organise better supercar events than Gran Turismo. Events like Gran Turismo Italia, Europa, Mille Miglia, Spa and Nurburgring are the best."
Maciej Spychal
Maciej Spychal
Porsche GT3 master
"The Gran Turismo experience is much bigger than the sum of its parts. You can visit all the places on your own but going there with GranTurismo gets you an experience you can’t put a price on."
Thibault Van Renne
Thibault Van Renne
Designer
"I have done many car events in the last decade, but Gran Turismo’s events jump out on every level. The organisation is flawless, the fun guaranteed and the people you meet are awesome."
The Drivers Collection

Events Calendar

Beautiful road trips and famous racing tracks since 2002. Supercars only.

Gran Turismo Riviera
8-13 June 2021
Forte dei Marmi - Portofino - Monaco - St Tropez
Gran Turismo Due Miglia
16-19 June 2021
Viareggio - Grosetto - Arezzo - Florence - Bologna
Fully booked
Gran Turismo Polonia
1-7 July 2021
Wroclaw - Krakow - Warsaw - Poznan
Fully booked
Gran Turismo Adriatica
11-19 July 2021
Slovenia - Croatia - Bosnia - Montenegro - Serbia
Fully booked
Gran Turismo Baltica
20-24 July 2021
Riga, Latvia
Gran Turismo Spa
9-12 August 2021
Spa-Francorchamps
Gran Turismo Europa
28 August - 5 September 2021
Kitzbuhel - Cortina - St Moritz - Monaco - St Tropez
Fully booked
Gran Turismo Nurburgring
6-9 September 2021
Nurburgring, Germany
Fully booked
Gran Turismo Italia
11-19 September 2021
Trieste - Cortina - Como - Modena - Chianti - Rome
Gran Turismo Toscana
5-10 October 2021
Maranello - Florence - Grosseto - Lucca
Gran Turismo St Moritz
January 2022
St Moritz, Switzerland
Fully booked
Gran Turismo Sardinia
15-20 June 2022
Sardinia, Italy
Contact us

While our head offices are in Geneva, Switzerland, the team is spread throughout Europe: Sweden, Poland, Italy and Croatia. Please select the appropriate team member to contact below.

For general enquiries, you can always use info@granturismo.org. For event registrations, please use registry@granturismo.org.

Peter Ternstrom Peter Ternström
President
+46 (0)70 530 06 89
Justyna Weclawiak Justyna Weclawiak
Head of event organisation
+48 509 706 651
Michal Weclawiak Michal Weclawiak
Event coordinator - General
‭+48 602 134 467‬
Chiara Mannucci Chiara Mannucci
Event coordinator - Italy
+39 346 763 22 74
Zdravko Anticic Zdravko Anticic
Event coordinator - Balkans
+385 (0)91 917 32 77
Pietro Bonuccelli Pietro Bonuccelli
Supercar fleet manager
‭+39 349 888 33 89‬
Marcin Jellinek Marcin Jellinek
PR and Media
+48 519 189 081
Joakim Niss Joakim Niss
Head of merchandise
‭+46 (0)70 468 60 75‬
James Holm James Holm
Photography
+46 (0)70 713 71 42