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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of mankind landing on the Moon, Omega introduces its Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 in platinum, with a ceramic and enamel bezel, powered by the recently re-launched Calibre 321. Here’s all you need to know.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

As any hardcore Moonwatch nerd will immediately recognize, the 42mm wide case design is inspired by the asymmetrical 4th generation Speedmaster case, complete with the twisted lugs of reference ST 105.012. What could not possibly be spotted is the special platinum alloy the case of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 is made of: it is platinum mixed with white gold, aptly called Pt950Au20. Omega is yet to release further details on this material — although it has used it for a set of highly limited Speedmaster Moonwatch pieces with rubies and emeralds, launched also earlier this year. Needless to say, Omega reserves the use of platinum for its most valuable and most limited pieces, with only a few different references a year being launched in this precious metal.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

The step-dial — again, a connoisseur-pleasing detail — follows suit by incorporating slices of real moon meteorite. First discovered in 1979 and 1982 in the Antarctica, and later found in select deserts as well, all lunar meteorites were ejected from the Moon in the past 20 million years. Their origin is established by comparing their chemical composition, mineralogy, and the isotopic composition between meteorites and samples from the Moon, as collected by Apollo missions. As such, Lunar meteorites are one’s best chance to own a piece of the Moon, as the only legally available lunar samples collected by probes and delivered back to Earth just sold for $855,000. So yeah, lunar meteorites — in the shape of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 sub-dials — are your best chance to own a slice of the Moon.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

Although at first sight the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 looks very close to a bog standard Moonwatch, we have already established that it, in fact, is full of subtle, yet highly Moonwatch-fan-enticing details. And the list goes on. The bezel is crafted from black ceramic, with the Tachymètre scale rendered in enamel. Eagle-eyed Moonwatch fanatics will spot the “Dot Over 90” graduation, a minute detail that not only allowed a select few vintage Moonwatches to stand out from the rest, but that also hints at the attention to detail with which Omega approached this special edition. The step dial is formed from onyx and features 18kt white gold indices and hands — Omega commendably adds “with the exception of the central chronograph seconds hand.” The picture is rendered complete by a period-correct, applied Omega logo under the 12 o’clock marker.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

Powering the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 is the recently relaunched Omega Calibre 321 that we debuted back in January. You may read all about it in our dedicated article. In essence, the Omega Calibre 321 is made to be as close to the Calibre 321 that powered the Speedmaster — those that have been to the Moon — as possible. When we broke the news on this new caliber, we said that we said that this special movement will likely be reserved for highly special pieces, given the fact that each modern Omega Calibre 321 is manufactured in a dedicated segment of Omega’s facilities, rendering their production limited and, when combined with the engineering and design work related to re-introducing it, also very costly.

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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

All that said, we couldn’t possibly think of a movement more suited to power the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 than Calibre 321. It just looks and sounds all kinds of right and renders this 50th anniversary piece, in a way at least, the be all and end all of Moonwatch special editions ever launched. The caseback is of course sapphire, which isn’t something NASA would have tolerated — but getting hung up on that would be missing the point entirely.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum Debuts And Is Full Of Special Details Omega

Factoring in the platinum case, onyx and lunar meteorite dial, Calibre 321 movement, and historical significance within the lineup of Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch watches, it should come as little surprise that the new 321 Platinum Moonwatch has an asking price of 55,000 CHF, making it the ultimate addition for well-heeled Moonwatch collectors across the planet. Availability is slated for winter 2019, and you may scout the official Omega website for more details — and more affordable, but just as desirable, Moonwatches.

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  • Peter Zentai

    Beautiful!

  • Mikita

    Milking the milk out of it.

    • NaJo

      if there are all the resources on hand and the market is dying for it, why not ?

    • Gokart Mozart

      At least this went to the moon.

      What is Rolexs excuse for basically any oyster based watch?

      • DanW94

        No excuse. All brands milk their signature offerings. Omega just seems to be pulling on that same teat so much I’m surprised it hasn’t fallen off the cow.

        • Gokart Mozart

          Haha funny! I agree.

          Rolex have more cows to milk, so people don’t notice. And all the same bloody type of cow.

          But my word people go nuts over a change in the colour of a bezel, or a slightly wider lug on a new Rolex. And it is then flipping everywhere for months on end. Massive articles on basically the same watch year after year after year.

          A cow can not be more milked than that.

          At least Omega give people a choice. Don’t like this Speedy, never mind there is another one coming next full moon. Bit like like a werewolf.

          I know what I would prefer.

        • Jack_Package

          Just one remark: if you’re on top of the cow while milking it, you’re doing it wrong to begin with 🙂

      • Mikita

        No excuse for both. Omega’s role in space expeditions is highly exaggerated and pumped by Swatch Group. I prefer they focus on developing new watches and not playing Rolex wannabes.

      • Ayreonaut

        This watch did not go to the moon.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Platinum is rightly a precious metal, but in today’s market the price per ounce is only 60% of what the gold price is. A Pt 950 case only uses 26% more precious metal than a Au 750 watch. So why does a Platinum watch cost 3, 4 or 5 times as much as a Gold watch?

    • Rickticktalk

      The machining cost because it is so much harder than gold are the main factor

      • Spangles

        No. That is not a main factor at all.

        • ray h.

          Agreed, it is just the perception of it costing more to most people and the lux watch makers treat everyone as if they brainless. So the watch guys will buy the crap out of it no matter the cost or margins or any other factor a bright person may have learned along the way. Just the nature of bad people taking advantage of weak people.

    • egznyc

      I think there isn’t that much of a difference in most brands’ platinum vs. gold prices. Platinum will be a little more but not multiples of the gold versions.

  • NaJo

    I knew this was coming after i saw the countdown several months back on omega web.
    – We now gotta wait atleast 2 years for omega to get this into steal + 2 to 3 years on the waitlist.
    So basically i expect 321 in steel somewhere around 2024!

    on the watch and efforts, well done omega! Am thinking what rolex gonna do on this ? i dont think just changing colors & bracelets will help anymore.

    • ray h.

      They’l do nothing, and you will like it ! lol

  • SuperStrapper

    Platinum? How tedious. Platinum trades lower than gold these days. Where is the 321-based steel anniversary speedmaster. The real deal. Just show it already and stop stalling with these tryhards.

    • Mark B

      I agree. Hopefully it will have a copy of the old “hair-puller” bracelet.

    • Simonh

      Surely you approve of a ceramic bezel?

  • Marceau Ratard

    It’s pretty and I like the lunar meteorite on the sub dials. I’m sure it will cost near $100K

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I’ve seen that many moon programmes lately that I could have piloted that lander myself.
    My man in Havana tells me this is going to be around $47,000 ( $58,762 )
    Does nothing for me and is a little busy.

  • Independent_George

    Pushing aside the pricing and arguments for and against the use of platinum, this looks like a beautifully executed watch.

  • Gokart Mozart

    I like the fact that they went through the trouble of enamelling the bezel tackymeter. But as I have said before, I think bezel tachymeter look rubbish. They should be on the dial, with a plain bezel.

    Watches look much better that way. Case in point below. Image if it had a tackymeter rather than a tachymeter how much worse the vc would look
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/718f4a659ff293ea490cba1fa5ae768d8c40b679fb808e8e3b2c7bbc0e495a35.jpg

  • Gokart Mozart

    Is this the same size case as the original Speedy?

  • egznyc

    It’s irreverent (using platinum instead of steel) and audacious (using a recreation of the 321 movement, but not as audacious as landing men on the moon). Talk about a stealthy Speedy – and I like it.

  • DanW94

    Give me platinum, steel or gold,
    It’s an original 321, I’m told
    My Spee-e-dy is priced over the moon.
    Don’t price gouge us cause we love you
    Don’t Arm-strong us cause we love you….

  • DanW94

    Silver, Blue and Gold by Bad Company.

    • egznyc

      Getting back to those ‘70s … my age of innocence. My Rosebud (another Wellesian reference).

      Silver, Blue and Gray – those are the dial options for the Ophion 786 ;-).

  • egznyc

    My memory is far from perfect. I remember your Danish dossier but not your doctoral disposition – if I ever knew. Is that of medicine or philosophy, or otherwise?

    • Berndt Norten

      My ABTW persona boasts an MD.
      Apparently I hail from Copenhagen.
      But, incongruously, I’m fixated on English-speaking pop culture, poetry, literature and music.
      At the moment Berndt is jonesing hard for the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra grey dial rubber blue strap with exquisite co-axial movement.

      • egznyc

        i do love the Aqua Terra – or at least for the past five years. Haven’t given the strap much thought, though. I’m very disappointed in myself.

        I’m not sure if you’re suggesting that because your ABTW persona has an MD, perhaps the real Berndt does not? I’m not being cute – I just don’t know if you were trying to be cute. (My ABTW persona is far more exciting, dashing, clever, and kind than I could ever hope to be.)

  • Markus Vlasits

    I suggest Omega changes the name of this watch to ‘Greedmaster 321’. Would be a more honest description what it is all about …

  • WINKS

    Platimoon.

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