Every brand is celebrating the moon landing’s 50th anniversary in its own way, with watchmaker Omega going further and fitting its new Speedmaster Moonwatch with actual pieces of the moon.
An early Speedmaster model was the first watch on the moon, so the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch channels this accomplishment by featuring three subdials sporting real slices of moon meteorite.
Omega also brought back its Calibre 321, which has powered every Speedmaster worn on the moon. The original Calibre 321 first appeared within the Omega Speedmaster watch in 1957. It was used in a variety of space-bound models including the watch worn on the first American spacewalk.
The Calibre made it to the moon on July 21, 1969, and was tested and qualified by NASA. After extensive research and reconstruction, Omega’s Calibre 321 returns in-line with its original specifications.
The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch possesses a 42mm brushed and polished platinum and gold case with an asymmetrical design and twisted lugs. The dial is formed from onyx, with a deep black colour complemented by 18K white gold indexes and hands.
The black ceramic bezel appears with the Speedmaster’s recognisable tachymeter scale in white enamel and is presented on a black leather strap with a platinum buckle. The sapphire crystal caseback reveals the Calibre 321 movement within.
July 20, 2019, marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. For fans looking to celebrate this milestone or wishing to own a genuine piece of Moonwatch history, as well as an actual piece of the moon itself, this chronograph is the way to go.
The new Moonwatch is not the only moon celebration piece from Omega, as the Swiss watchmaker also crafted an Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition. Plus, we wrote extensively about the original Speedmaster watch that visited the moon a few weeks back.