Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Leong Wong
Omega’s ‘starman’ is waiting to blow your mind.
When it first appeared in the limited-edition Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum last July, we hoped that we hadn’t seen the last of the rejuvenated Calibre 321. True enough, too good to be just a one-off, it has now found its way into a second Moonwatch model—this time in stainless steel and a near-faithful recreation of the third generation Speedmaster worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk in 1965.
The 39.7mm case features a bezel ring in polished black ceramic with a tachymeter scale in white enamel. Gracing the black stepped dial are the familiar Moonwatch hands, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute totaliser, 12-hour totaliser and central chronograph hand, while the appliqué hour indexes and hands are coated with beige luminescence. Purists should appreciate nods to the past, such as the classic ‘Dot over 90’ on the bezel (a subtle detail that identifies a Speedmaster model as being from pre-1970), vintage Omega logos and period correct steel bracelet.
There’s a slight design deviation from the original, however, in the form of a sapphire crystal caseback, which makes perfect sense since the reworked 321 is the watch’s main draw. After all, when its long-awaited return was announced in early 2019, following a hiatus of more than 50 years, the news set off a ripple of excitement among brand enthusiasts. Not only did the historic calibre power significant Omega pieces following its debut in the 1940s, it was used in the first Speedmaster in 1957 as well as a variety of space-bound models, including those that went to the moon.
The updated 321 certainly continues this legacy. It took two years for the Omega team to reconstruct accurately the intricate inner workings of this manual-winding chronograph movement. It involved putting together a blueprint using, among other things, a digital scanning technique called ‘tomography’ to study the second-generation 321 of the Speedmaster worn by astronaut Eugene ‘Gene’ Cernan during the Apollo 17 mission. Hence, the contemporary version mirrors its predecessor in every way except one. It is clad in 18K Sedna gold because the Omega patented material offers greater stability yet replicates the original’s copper finish.
The Calibre 321’s pedigree is unquestioned, and its reappearance serves as a timely reminder that Omega is a watchmaking force to be reckoned with. This is one release that you’ll probably have to get on the waitlist for, even though it’s not a limited edition, because the legendary status of its mechanism pretty much guarantees that it will be highly sought-after.
|39.7mm matte stainless steel|
|Black with beige luminescent markings and hands, three sub-dials|
Manual-winding Calibre 321
|Hours, minutes, continuous seconds, chronograph central seconds, chronograph minutes and hours|
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.
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