The wait is over! On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, we now know which watch is featuring the re-edition of the iconic movement Omega 321 – a movement as legendary as the Moonwatch itself. Announced earlier this year, this movement is going to equip one of the most high-end Speedy ever. Meet the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.
Some would have expected Omega to come with something slightly different on the occasion of Moon Landing 50th anniversary. We, at MONOCHROME, anticipated an ultra-limited version of the watch worn by Astronauts on Apollo 11 – the Speedmaster Professional 105.012. Well, what Omega is launching is slightly different, not vintage-oriented and properly high-end. Yet, it is the first time that the re-edition of the calibre 321 is implemented into the case of a watch.
What you see here is the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum, and as you’ve guessed, its case is made in platinum – in fact a special platinum alloy with the use of gold (Pt950Au20). The case retain the classic Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” shape, with 42mm diameter, twisted lugs and a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. No major difference here with a classic steel Speedmaster. The only evolution on the habillage concerns the bezel, which is here crafted in black ceramic with a tachymeter scale executed in white enamel – with dot-over-90.
To match the Moon Landing theme, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum features a superb black polished onyx dial, on which you’ll see 18k white gold hands and applied indexes – all filled with Super-LumiNova. The three sub-counters are made from meteorite – and to be perfectly consistent with the theme, Omega has used real slices of Moon meteorite. The Omega logo at 12 is here applied.
The pièce de résistance in the context of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum is, of course, the movement inside the case. While introduced back in January, the re-edition of the 321 wasn’t yet used in a watch. It is now done. Omega is here entirely recreating the movement, as a 1-to-1 reproduction, without the use of modern technology – no co-axial, no Master Chronometer. As the original movement, the “new” calibre 321 runs slow at 18,000vph and is finished with gold-plating. It is here visible through a sapphire caseback.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum 311-93-42-30-99-001 is worn on a black alligator strap with platinum buckle. No indication of the price has been given yet.
As for the availability, Omega doesn’t mention this watch as being a limited numbered edition. However, when the 321 was re-introduced, the brand stated that no more than 2,000 movements will be made per year. Knowing that there will be a second Speedmaster to feature this movement, you can expect the production to stay rather exclusive.
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