Swiss watchmaker Omega has released the long-awaited return of its iconic Calibre 321, the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.
Known for its beautifully 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 July 21 1969).
After extensive research and reconstruction in a dedicated workshop, the Calibre 321 has now been reborn in-line with its original specifications.
To view the reconstructed movement, customers will be able to look through the sapphire-crystal caseback of the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum. The chronograph features a 42mm brushed and polished case crafted from a special platinum alloy with the use of gold.
In tribute to the Speedmaster’s lunar history, Omega has used real slices of moon meteorite for the three subdials
The case design is inspired by the asymmetrical 4th generation Speedmaster case with twisted lugs, and is presented on a black leather strap with a platinum buckle. The timepiece includes a black ceramic bezel with the Speedmaster’s famous tachymeter scale in white enamel.
Other captivating features to explore include the step dial formed from onyx, with a deep black colour that works in perfect harmony with the other materials, and 18K white gold for the indexes and hands (except for the central chronograph seconds hand).
In tribute to the Speedmaster’s lunar history, Omega has used real slices of moon meteorite for the three subdials, providing a genuine link to the Calibre 321, which has powered every Speedmaster ever worn on the moon.
For fans wishing to own a genuine piece of Moonwatch history, as well as a genuine piece of the moon itself, this chronograph should be high on their wish list.
• For more information, visit the Omega website.
• This article was paid for by Omega.