We called it! When Omega first announced the recreation of their famed Calibre 321, we said “imagine seeing a reissue of the moon watch or the first Speedmaster, complete with a period-accurate movement!” and finally, this has happened. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Calibre 321 was the movement used in the first Omega Speedmaster in 1957 and also was the same movement present when the Speedmaster passed the NASA testing criteria and was chosen to be the watch to accompany NASA astronauts into space. Last year, Omega unveiled a limited edition Speedmaster using the Calibre 321 in platinum, but this new Speedmaster Moonwatch is one that offers this brilliant movement but in true-to-form stainless steel construction.
This highly anticipated Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel was built based on the design of the Speedmaster ST 105.012 which was on the wrist of astronaut Ed White as he became the first American to walk in space in 1965. True to the design of the former third generation Speedmaster, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel comes in a smaller form factor of a 39.70mm case and even retains the “dot over ninety” element. This means that if you look at the tachymeter on the bezel you will see the dot indicator over the ‘90’ inscription as used to be the case for all pre-90s Speedmaster watches.
As for the modern parts of the watch, the bezel is now made from Omega’s ZrO2 black ceramic with the scale in white ceramic and the caseback is replaced with a clear sapphire crystal so the gorgeous Calibre 321 movement is always visible.
The best part about this new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel is that it is NOT a limited edition and will be a production watch for Omega. But on the other hand, it will be quite a bit pricier than the rest of the Speedmasters, at CHF 13,000.
Case: Stainless steel
Case size: 39.7mm
Movement: Calibre 321
Price: CHF 13,00