Omega had already announced its return, but at last the long awaited re-issue of the iconic Calibre 321 is arriving! To further mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the brand has finally conjured up the proud honor of unveiling the first new watch to house this legendary movement, in the form of this upcoming “Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum” edition.
It was back in January that Omega’s CEO Raynald Aeschilimann had promised that the first Speedmaster to return with the caliber 321 movement would be crafted out of a precious metal. Now that it has become official we can confirm that he has kept his promise by releasing this timepiece in a specialty alloy designated as Pt950Au20 platinum, which also contains gold in its mix.
The 42mm case is made of the specific aforementioned Pt950Au20 platinum with a mixture of brushed and polished finish. Its case design was inspired by the reference ST 105.012, with twisted lugs. On the flip-side we encounter a transparent sapphire exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Engraved on the platinum circumference of the case back can be read “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON”.
The use of sapphire on the flip-side would have probably been frowned upon by NASA, but this watch isn’t destined for space travel and this way we get to actually contemplate and gaze at the historic calibre 321.
Mounted to the case is a black ceramic bezel engraved with a white tachymeter scale. This scale has been made of enamel, which provides a nice finish but also means there is no luminescence. It comes equipped with two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions, plus a setting-crown in-between them. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch being capable of reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black onyx step-dial with white gold applied hour index markers, followed by a ring of smaller white printed seconds and slightly longer minute markings. There are three meteorite sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. In keeping with the moon landing theme that brought upon this anniversary edition, Omega has used Moon meteorite to contrast the sub-dials form the overall “deep-black” dial made of onyx, seen in the stepped background.
The 18k white gold central hours, minutes hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent filling, for an enhanced legibility. While the large non-gold chronograph seconds hand has been shaped similarly to one of the original reference 103.012 models, with a triangle shape on the short end.
Omega has included several subtle but meaningful details, such as the: aforementioned step-dial made of onyx, the tachymeter scale rendered in enamel, the “Dot Over 90” graduation, and the period correct Omega logo under the 12 o’clock marker.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum
This “Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum” (Ref#: 311-93-42-30-99-001) is powered by the aforementioned iconic re-edition of the historic hand-wound in-house mechanical movement, calibre 321 with 17 jewels and 18,000 vhp. This is the original calibre movement that came housed inside the very first Speedmaster model released back in 1957. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 44 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with large scales, while secured to the wrist by a platinum buckle. This watch should become available for purchase by winter of 2019. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
MSRP: $56,067.00 – (approximately priced)
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