BY MARK HARRISON

There was a lot written and broadcast last year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and Omega was front and centre in that, being the first watch worn on the moon (Speedmaster Professional).

So the release of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Caliber 321 Stainless Steel, capping off that celebration, while ringing in 2020, is a very big deal for the watch-collecting community.

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The watch takes inspiration from that famous Speedmaster astronaut Edward White was wearing when he became the first American to walk in space during the Gemini 4 mission in 1965. NASA had declared Omega’s timepiece “flight-qualified for all manned space missions” that year.
Omega’s new watch is powered by the iconic Caliber 321 that is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, and was recreated in line with its original specifications. The Speedmaster Moonwatch Caliber 321 Stainless Steel features a 39.70 mm stainless steel case, bezel ring in polished black ceramic with a tachymeter scale in white enamel, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and central chronograph hand.
Smaller, but important details, to Omega watch enthusiasts include the iconic “dot over 90” over the bezel, like the original, and vintage Omega logos throughout the design.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Caliber 321 Stainless Steel retails in Canada for $17,600.