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Marvel at Omega's superb, steely new Speedmaster Moonwatch

Omega has legitimate cause to dwell upon its connection with space. The company's achievements in this regard are well documented, particularly so after the recent anniversary of the moon landings. However, this new piece has a special significance when it comes to our endeavours to conquer the cosmos.

The Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 has been inspired by a 1965 Speedmaster ST 105.003 worn by the first American astronaut to walk in space, Ed White, in 1965. Last year, Omega unveiled its reworked re-creation of its legendary hand-wound 321 calibre that powered early Speedmasters, including those selected by Nasa for astronauts' jaunts into space and, eventually, to the Moon itself. The original calibre 321 was also the first movement ever used in the Speedmaster in 1957.

In 2019, Omega placed this reworked 321 movement in a limited-edition version with a platinum case. Now, however, Omega has released the contemporary 321 movement in a steel Moonwatch, which means that not only will this version be even more authentic and truer to the original, but, at £11,300, although expensive it certainly could not be considered astronomically so.

The new steel 'Speedy', available from the end of March, comes in a 39.7mm case with black ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale in white enamel, while, in a design diversion from the original, that updated 321 movement can be seen through a sapphire case back. The black dial retains those familiar Moonwatch hands, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and central chrono hand.

There are a few hints, however, to the watch's lineage, including the “Dot Over Ninety”, period-correct steel bracelet and the use of vintage Omega logos throughout.

If this is capturing your attention, then heed these words of caution. This new hand-wound calibre is being produced in much fewer numbers than the Speedmaster’s current self-winding movement. This means that though this is not strictly a limited edition, pieces will likely be in such demand that finding one to purchase will be a mission in itself. Our advice? Sign up to the waiting list.

This article was originally published by WIRED UK

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