OMEGA’s Legendary Speedmaster Moonwatch Gets a Master Chronometer Upgrade

Certified not once but twice, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is now officially a Master Chronometer after passing eight of the stringent tests known to horologists. Put through its paces over the course of ten days; this legendary timepiece raises standards with superior protection, anti-magnetic properties, reduced servicing, shock-resistance, water-resistance and enhanced durability for the wear and tear of everyday life. Being a tribute to those that have been to the moon, we’re confident NASA would love this watch just as much as we do.

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Updated for 2021, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch collection does its almighty best to remain true to its spirit. Believed to be of paramount importance for “updating a sacred timepiece,” Raynald Aeschlimann, president and CEO of OMEGA speaks on the “sincere respect” given to this remarkable watch.

“When updating a sacred timepiece like the Speedmaster Moonwatch, every detail must be true to its original spirit. This chronograph is recognised the world over, so we’ve approached its design with the most sincere respect, while taking its movement to the next level.”

Taking inspiration from its fourth-generation commonly referred to as the ST 105.012 and worn by Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969, this space race defined watch pays tribute to the likes of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and all those in Houston who put a man on the moon before the Soviets. Sporting the classic asymmetrical case, the step dial, the double bevel case back, and the famous dot over 90 (DON) and a dot diagonal to 70 on the anodised aluminium bezel ring, it’s like stepping out onto the launch deck at Cape Canaveral.

Where things have changed is in the movement. Featuring the arrival of the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861, the movement ensures protection from even the most extreme magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gausses. For the non-scientific out there, this means your precious timepiece can withstand magnets as strong as those found inside an MRI. Other enhancements can be found in the integrated, fully-brushed five–arched-links-per-row bracelet and a new satin-finished cover clasp.

If you’re thinking of picking one up, you’ll need to make the difficult choice between the stainless steel, 18K Sedna gold or 18K Canopus gold versions. Starting at A$9,575.00, things get rather ridiculous with the  Canopus Gold on Canopus Gold model fetching A$69,150.00. Available exclusively in OMEGA’s Boutiques, this a watch for the ages.

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