Return of the 321 — Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum
It was 50 years ago today that a man took a small step that meant so much for humanity with the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The Omega Speedmaster was part of this adventure, powered by the Calibre 321 that just as the lunar landing, became a legend. The original Calibre 321 was the first movement ever used in the Omega Speedmaster in 1957 and as such it was the calibre powering the Speedmaster ST 105.003 (the model tested and qualified by NASA and worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk, in 1965) and the Speedmaster ST 105.012 (the first watch worn on the moon on the 21st of July, 1969). Even before the official NASA certification, the first Omega in space was on the wrist of Walter “Wally” Schirra when he wore his own personal Speedmaster Reference 2998 during the “Sigma 7” mission of the Mercury program in 1962.
To mark this special anniversary, Omega is introducing the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum, powered by the original 321, visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback. Omega launching a watch with the original 321 will certainly not go unnoticed by collectors and connoisseurs, as this movement was not used in a Moowatch since 1968 when it was replaced by the Calibre 861.
As the name suggests, the chronograph features a 42 mm brushed and polished case crafted from a special platinum alloy with the use of gold (Pt950Au20). The case design is inspired by the asymmetrical 4th generation Speedmaster case with twisted lugs (ST 105.012), and is presented on a black leather strap with a platinum buckle. It comes with the black ceramic bezel featuring the classic Speedy tachymeter scale in white enamel.
The deep black on the dial is achieved with onyx, that is in perfect harmony with the white gold indexes and hands. The meteorite subdials are a fun cue to the raison d’être of this watch, Omega actually using real slices of moon meteorite.
As soon as we will know more about the availability and the price of this special model, we will update this article. In the meantime, more about Omega at www.omegawatches.com.