As we knew that Omega Replica would release something big on the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing – after all, Apollo 11’s astronauts were all issued Speedmaster Professionals by NASA for their historic spaceflight. And the Swiss watchmaker did not disappoint! Not only is this a Speedmaster in platinum, but it also comes equipped with the legendary Caliber 321 movement. Let’s take a deeper look at the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum introduced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
To the delight of fake Omega fans everywhere, the brand stated earlier this year that the Caliber 321 movement would soon be back. In the watch world, the Lemania-based Caliber 321 is known as one of the most beautifully designed and important mechanical chronograph movements ever designed.
It was the movement selected to power the very first Speedmaster in 1957 and replica Omega kept using it in Speedmaster models throughout the 1950s and most of the 1960s. As a matter of fact, the Speedmaster Professional ST 105.012 that Buzz Aldrin wore around his spacesuit when he took his first steps on the lunar surface ran on a Caliber 321 movement.
In 1968/1969, Omega stopped making the manually-wound Caliber 321 and replaced it with the easier to manufacture Caliber 861. For the last five decades, Omega fans spoke wistfully about the Caliber 321 and could only get their hands on one if they opted for a vintage Speedmaster.
So, after deep research and reconstruction, the Caliber 321 movement is back in regular production, and Omega chose the brand new platinum Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 to debut it.
The replica Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum stays faithful to its 42mm size, but as the name of the watch declares, the case is fashioned from a platinum alloy mixed with gold. Vintage Speedy fans will recognize that the case design is based on the ST 105.012, characterized by an asymmetric case and twisted lugs. Other retro-inspired touches consist of the applied vintage Omega logo on the dial, in addition to the “Dot over 90” on the bezel.
While the fake Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum has a case design and a movement that have histories that stretch back 50 years, there are modern details on the watch too. For example, the black bezel has been manufactured from high-tech ceramic, complete with the famed tachymeter scale in white enamel.
To stress the watch’s history with moon exploration, the black onyx dial of the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum is home to a trio of sub-dials made from real slices of moon meteorite. 18k white gold was used for the hour and minute hands together with the hour markers. No word yet on the price of the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum, or if it will be a very special piece; but for now, let’s just take a moment to enjoy this amazing replica watch and what it stands for Omega’s history and the future of the Speedmaster collection.