Omega has had a long standing connection with space. The watch astronaut Edward White wore — the Speedmaster ST 105.003 — when he became the first American to walk in space is one of the inspirations for the Swiss watchmaker’s latest offering.
It all started when Omega announced the return of its iconic Calibre 321 in early 2019. After reworking the legendary hand-wound calibre, the Swiss watchmaker followed up soon after with the release of a Moonwatch in platinum that houses the revised movement, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in space last year.
Besides its intricate design, this new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 in stainless steel also features the vintage Omega logos, as well as “Dot over Ninety”.
Known for its beautifully intricate design, the original Calibre 321 was the first movement ever used in the Omega Speedmaster in 1957. As well as powering Edward White’s spacewalk Speedmaster mentioned above, the famous movement drove the Speedmaster ST 105.012, better known as the first watch worn on the Moon.
The new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 in stainless steel comes in a 39.70 mm case in stainless steel with a bezel ring in polished black ceramic with a tachymeter scale in white enamel. Other familiar features include the Moonwatch hands, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder, and central chronograph hand on a black step dial. That’s not all. The calibre can be seen through the sapphire crystal casebook.