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.

Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum
Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum
Omega's 2019 New Original Calibre 321 with PVD treated bridges and plates in the hue of Omega's Sedna™ Gold (Image © Revolution)
Omega's 2019 New Original Calibre 321 with PVD treated bridges and plates in the hue of Omega's Sedna™ Gold (Image © Revolution)

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:

Read about the details of the New Original 321, here.

Read about the importance of the Calibre 321, here.

Read about the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum.

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.

The third generation of the Speedmaster, the ST 105.003, better known by the collecting community as the "Ed White"
The third generation of the Speedmaster, the ST 105.003, better known by the collecting community as the "Ed White"
Astronaut Ed White floats in the microgravity of space outside the Gemini IV spacecraft; his ST 105.003 on a black velcro strap, clearly visible on his left wrist (Image: NASA.gov)
Astronaut Ed White floats in the microgravity of space outside the Gemini IV spacecraft; his ST 105.003 on a black velcro strap, clearly visible on his left wrist (Image: NASA.gov)
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The 2020 Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel

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.

Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel
The New Original 321 seen through the caseback of the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel

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.

Technical Specifications

Movement

New Original 321; hand wound movement; hours, minutes and small running seconds; chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour totalizer; 55-hour power reserve

Case

39.70mm in stainless steel, water resistant to 50m

Bracelet

Flatlink steel bracelet

Price: CHF 13,000

Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel
Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel