We thought we'd seen pretty much everything Omega had planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the history-making mission during which the Speedmaster became the first watch on the Moon.
The Swiss brand just surprised us with what might be the ultimate Speedy however, the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum powered by an updated version of its historic Calibre 321 movement.
The Calibre 321 was the very first movement ever used in a Speedmaster, in 1957. It subsequently powered a number of iconic Speedys, including the ST 105.003, the model tested and qualified by NASA and worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk in 1965; and the ST 105.012, the first watch worn on the Moon.
Omega literally reconstructed the movement from historic examples and upgraded it while retaining all of its original characteristics. It just needed an appropriately important watch for its relaunch. And a Platinum Speedy more than fits the bill.
Available this winter, the watch will be priced at 55,000 CHF or about $56,000 at the current rate of exchange. The most striking feature of the 42mm chronograph aside from the case material is its onyx dial with meteorite sub-dials, crafted from genuine pieces of lunaites — rocks found on Earth that were blasted off the Moon by the impact of an asteroid, meteor or comet.
The case is in fact crafted from a special platinum alloy made with the use of gold, and the its design pays tribute to the asymmetrical 4th generation Speedmaster case with twisted lugs (ST 105.012). Its black ceramic bezel features the famous Speedy tachymeter scale in white enamel. 18K white gold was used for for the indexes and hands.
And the historic movement can be viewed via the watch's sapphire-crystal caseback, which is engraved with the legend "The First Watch Worn on the Moon."