On July 21, 2019 — exactly 50 years on from when Neil Armstrong stepped off the Eagle onto the lunar surface in 1969, Omega announced that the New Original 321 calibre that they’d been showing off for all of 2019, would make its debut as the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.
And as much as every Speedy addict celebrated this elevated incarnation of the tool watch that was “Flight Qualified for all Manned Space Missions” by NASA, it does go without saying that in light of all the spec perfect reissues of watches that Omega has been getting spot on, what most die-hard fans really wanted to see is a spec prefect reissue of one of the references that were used by NASA for the Gemini and Apollo missions, with the New Original 321 and, in stainless-steel.
That day of wanting is now at end.
But before we get to the new watch, the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel, you should refresh yourself with the following:
Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel
The Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel is fashioned after the watch’s third generation variation, the ST 103.005. The same reference that was on the wrist of astronaut Ed White, when he stepped out of his Gemini 4 mission craft to become the first American astronaut to perform a spacewalk.
In like form, the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel is 39.70mm with straight lugs and the all-important “Dot over Ninety” bezel. But giving the watch the due modernization, the bezel is ringed in polished black ceramic [ZrO2] with a tachymeter scale in white enamel.
The stepped dial of the watch is treated with the applied Omega logo and the two liner text, minus the “Professional” marking. Considering the importance of the New Original 321 that powers the watch, Omega’s given it a see-through caseback.
Now the watch isn’t limited to a number, but we know that the New Original 321 will see about 2000 pieces in the time that has been allotted to its production. Keeping in mind that a certain number will have to be used for the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum, that still leaves a fairly small number of the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel that we can expect by Omega’s usual numbers.
New Original 321; hand wound movement; hours, minutes and small running seconds; chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour totalizer; 55-hour power reserve
39.70mm in stainless steel, water resistant to 50m
Flatlink steel bracelet
Price: CHF 13,000