Since everyone seems to talking about this new platinum Speedy, lets dive right into it. Legendary watches resurrecting seem to be a trend nowadays, however, Omega has resurrected a calibre, a historic calibre. The brand has reintroduced it’s original calibre 321 – a manual winding chronograph with a column wheel switching mechanism with a 44-hour power reserve. Calibre 321 had powered almost all the Speedmasters, until 1958, including those that accompanied the Apollo missions.
Introducing the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Omega announced the first new Speedmaster Moonwatch to house this movement, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.
Known for its beautiful intricate design, the original Calibre 321 was the first movement ever used in the OMEGA Speedmaster in 1957. Most famously, it was used in a variety of space bound models including the Speedmaster ST 105.003 (the model tested and qualified by NASA and worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk) and the Speedmaster ST 105.012 (the first watch worn on the moon on the 21st of July, 1969). After extensive research and reconstruction in a dedicated workshop, the Calibre 321 has now been
reborn in-line with its original specifications.
Although the reintroduction of this caliber is big news for all watch enthusiasts, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum is a beautifully executed watch. This 42mm Platinum Speedy has a dark black onyx dial that is adorned by 18K white gold indexes and hands. But that’s not it. As a tribute to the Speedmaster’s lunar history, OMEGA has used three meteorite sub dials on this watch. Yes, real slices of moon meteorites have been introduced in the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.
The case, inspired by the asymmetrical 4th generation Speedmaster case with twisted lugs is presented on a black leather strap with a platinum buckle. Furthermore, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum includes a black ceramic bezel with the Speedmaster’s famous tachymeter scale in white enamel. Finally, you can even view this iconic calibre through the sapphire crystal caseback of the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.
You can almost say that Calibre 321 is a key and important part of watchmaking history and to now have this caliber as a part of Omega’s regular production is good news indeed. The Speedy has always enjoyed a huge fan following and we are sure that all those who wish to own a genuine piece of Moonwatch history, as well as a genuine piece of the moon itself, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum would be high on their wish list.