For the first major release of 2022, OMEGA introduces a new Speedmaster Calibre 321, complete with vintage details and a beautiful 38.6mm design in 18K Canopus Gold™. Taking inspiration from the very first Speedmaster from 1957 – known as the CK2915-1 – today’s release marks the collection’s 65th anniversary.
When the legendary Speedmaster collection was first launched in 1957, it changed the face of chronograph watchmaking forever. Created for the professional racing car driver, the Speedmaster was perfectly readable and easy to use, as well as being the first in the world to feature a tachymeter scale on the bezel, as opposed to on the dial.
This feature was ideal for timing average speeds on the track, and complemented the watch’s sturdy, highly precise and water-resistant design.
Today’s release celebrates the collection’s 65th anniversary with a unique 38.6 mm case that has been crafted in 18K Canopus Gold, OMEGA’s own white gold alloy, which is distinguished by its high brilliance, whiteness and longevity. Watch connoisseurs will also be able to pick out the NAIAD symbol on the watch’s crown, specifically used to reference water-resistance in some of the first CK2915 models.
For the ultimate elegant contrast, the new OMEGA Speedmaster Calibre 321 watch has been given a deep black onyx dial with an applied vintage OMEGA logo and typography featuring an oval “O” – a detail that was typical for the first models.
The dial also bears 18K white gold hands and indexes with a Canopus Gold™ PVD treatment and the three classic Speedmaster subdials including a small seconds’ display, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder, along with the central chronograph function.
Turning the watch over reveals a further tribute to the collection’s anniversary. An engraving of the OMEGA Seahorse – a brand icon used on the Speedmaster since 1957 – has been added to the inside of the sapphire crystal glass. Its eye has been made from a sparkling blue sapphire, a precious jewel that traditionally marks a 65-year celebration.
Perhaps most sought-after of all is the famous movement inside this beautiful watch. The Calibre 321 was the original movement used inside the Speedmaster in 1957. It also powered the watches worn during the Apollo missions, including all of history’s six moon landings!
Since 2019, OMEGA has brought the Calibre 321 back into production, carefully retaining all of the authentic specifications. Adding it to this new release gives the watch added provenance and a genuine connection to the heritage of this remarkable collection.
You can contact the team at DMR’s OMEGA Boutique today to learn more about this latest addition and the history of the OMEGA Speedmaster. Contact the showroom here.
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