“Another Moonwatch?”, I hear you ask. Yes, but this is significant news as the new Calibre 3861 replaces the Calibre 1861 of the original after five decades in use, and offers even higher precision, performance and magnetic-resistance to 15,000 gauss: certainly well equipped for any new missions into outer space. The Calibre 3861 is an evolution of the Calibre 1861, which in turn replaced the Calibre 321 of the original Speedmaster “Broad Arrow” (reference CK 2915) first introduced in 1957. In accordance with the increased frequency at 21,600 vph, the minute track is now split by three divisions, as opposed to the five on the older models.
In 2018, Universal Pictures’ First Man highlighted Omega’s long association with Nasa, but also the perilous world of the astronaut in the early days of human spaceflight. Fifty years on, despite great technological advancements achieved by Nasa, Virgin Galatic or SpaceX, the mechanical Speedmaster Professional is still a trusted backup plan, because things can go wrong when you’re very, very far from home. It is one of a very few watches qualified by Nasa for spaceflight, and is still the only one approved for extravehicular activity (EVA).
The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer Professional Chronograph starts at R111,000 for the stainless steel reference with Hesalite crystal and coated nylon fabric strap, and R117,000 for the steel-on-steel version. Sapphire references are about R20,000 more. Sedna and Canopus gold models are R459,000/R648,000 and R566,000/R843,000 respectively.
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