It is is Speedy Tuesday and this means a very first release by Omega for 2020, one year after introducing the new caliber 321: today we witness the arrival of the Speedmaster Steel with Caliber 321.
Based on the Speedmaster 105.003 (also known as the ‘Ed White’), who was the first astronaut to use the watch during his mission. Each watch is assembled and adjusted by one single watchmaker at Omega’s production facility in Biel.
The Speedmaster Caliber 321 in steel, the new “Ed White” will not be a limited edition, however due to the fact that one watchmaker will assemble the full watch we were told there will be between 1000 and 2000 produced.
A new Interpretation of the Original Speedmaster
The new Speedmaster Caliber 321 uses a different case design and lugs system than the original one; a sapphire crystal and a ceramic bezel; the tachymeter scale is made out of enamel. The caseback is open to see the full movement.
How about this CAliber 321
The movement is exactly the same one they used in the platinum version of the Speedmaster caliber 321. It is based on the 2nd version of the original caliber 321. The difference between first and second generation is the clutch bridge that is asymmetrical in the second generation
This movement was used in the reference 105.003, 105.012 and 145.012. Today, Omega is using a Sedna gold treatment on the parts to resemble the original copper-colored parts.
The clutch bridge is made in German silver. The new steel version has a sapphire caseback.
The reworked Bracelet
The bracelet on this new version of the speedmaster is based on the original 1039 reference bracelet with a more refined finsihing – to be honest, the first striking element of the watch that caught my attention upon the release was the look of the bracetlet and the middle links – it just looks right and feels right- Can’t wait to try it on my wrist and get a feel and sensation of how it will rest on it.
The price tag is a bit hefty for a steel version; it sits at CHF13.000 Swiss Francs – for that amount you are receiving a new movement and bracelet design, some enameling on the bezel a nice bracelet and a great looking watch. It is definitely a new high for Omega and a different price point for its speedmasters – let’s see how this one will fly.
More information via Omega online.