For Bendigo watchmaker Graeme Baker, the moon landing is an event that he remembers fondly.
"I was an apprentice in Melbourne at the time," he said. "It was a working day and I remember walking around the corner to where there was an electrical store.
"They had the television set up in the window of the shop and we were all standing around watching it.
"Obviously I've seen it many times since, but there was that initial thrill and just sort of a connection. We all loved space because it was just the future."
Mr Baker, 69, worked in London after his apprenticeship, which is where he purchased a replica of the watch astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wore in space.
The Omega Speedmaster Professional was specifically designed to allow the astronauts to keep time in zero gravity. The wind-up clock also assisted with navigation in space.
Mr Baker's replica, purchased in 1972, has the words "the first watch worn on the moon" engraved on the back of the face.
"There wouldn't be another piece of the equipment from the moon landing that you could still use today," Mr Baker said.
"One of the great joys of watchmaking is that something that was made back in the 1960s is still giving a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.
"To me, it's one of those pieces that I quite often get out and just look at. There's not many things that you do that to."
Ahead of the 50th anniversary next week, Mr Baker said his "fascination" with space and the moon landing was still strong.
"To be quite honest, it's gone too quickly," he said. "But it's still a very exciting time. I still love to get out and look at the moon. There's nothing nicer than looking up at the moon.
"We always thought that by this time, there'd be jets going up and down from the moon and we'd be tourists up there.
"And to think that no one has been back since 1969... It's quite amazing. It was a fabulous achievement."
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