Only a venerable and long-respected watchmaker like Omega could get away with this in the age of smartwatches: rebooting a hand-wound watch based on a half-century-old design and attaching a five-figure pricetag.
And let's face it—the legendary Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 is a horological masterpiece. Add an ageless stainless steel body to its iconic design and you have a true classic.
Omega unveiled the new version of the Moonwatch, inspired in part by a midcentury Speedmaster worn by astronaut Ed White—the first astronaut to ever complete a spacewalk, a milestone achieved four years before the Moon landing—on January 6th.
It retains many of its original specs: a throwback Omega logo, an elegantly-sized 39.7mm case, black dial, an anti-reflective scratch‑resistant sapphire crystal, and 50 meters of water resistance.
One of the most appealing aspects of a gorgeous watch like this is the merging of practicality and elegant design.
The former is reflected in additional complications like a seconds sub-dial, 30-minute and 12-hour recorders in addition to its sapphire-crystal caseback, which reveals the intricacies of the Calibre 321 movement at work inside. The finer design points are reflected by the white enamel tachymeter scale and black ceramic bezel.
Omega's Stainless Steel Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 will be available in select stores in early 2020, and it retails for $14,100.