The first OMEGA Speedmaster was launched in 1957. It was easy to read and was easy to use. It was created with professional racing car drivers in mind. It was the first watch to have a tachymeter scale on the bezel. And from then on, chronograph designs shifted to this format.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Speedmaster. To start off this year, OMEGA releases a watch that takes inspiration from that very first model introduced in 1957.
Introducing: The new Speedmaster Calibre 321. Naturally, the famous tachymeter scale is presented on the bezel, which is filled with black “Grand Feu” enamel. Inside the watch is the Calibre 321, the original movement used inside the Speedmaster in 1957. It is this same movement that powered the watches worn during the Apollo missions, including all of history’s six moon landings. Installing the Calibre 321 in this year’s Speedmaster adds a certain authenticity and connection to the initial model 65 years ago.
To maintain the watch’s readability, OMEGA used 18K white gold hands and indexes, all of which have a Canopus Gold™ PVD treatment, set against a deep black onyx dial. The sub dials include a small seconds display, a 30-minute recorder, and a 12-hour recorder.
As you turn the watch over, you will see an engraving of the OMEGA Seahorse – a brand icon used on the Speedmaster from the beginning – added to the inside of the sapphire crystal. Its eye has been made from a blue sapphire, a precious jewel that traditionally marks a 65-year celebration.
This new edition comes in a unique 38.6 mm case that has been crafted in 18K Canopus Gold™. This exclusive material is OMEGA’s own white gold alloy and is distinguished by its high brilliance, whiteness, and longevity. It also comes with an 18K Canopus Gold bracelet with a comfort release adjustment system. This Speedmaster edition is presented in a special wooden box, crafted with a Rosewood-like pattern in honour of the collection’s anniversary.