Swiss watchmaker Omega has revealed its latest iteration of the watch that all three Apollo 11 astronauts wore during their historic mission to the Moon.
The 2021 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was revealed by the Swiss watchmaker on January 5. While the new watch is heavily inspired by the fourth generation Speedmaster (reference number ST 105.012), which was worn by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, this latest iteration makes a significant change to the movement.
The new Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 is designed to be able to deal with the most extreme magnetic fields. The movement’s inclusion ensures the watch now carries the title of Master Chronometer, the highest standard of precision and performance in the Swiss watch industry.
“When updating a sacred timepiece like the Speedmaster Moonwatch, every detail must be true to its original spirit,” said Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. “This chronograph is recognised the world over, so we’ve approached its design with the most sincere respect, while taking its movement to the next level.”
In addition to the new movement, the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is set to also be offered in 18K Sedna™ gold and 18K Canopus gold™, special Omega-patented gold alloys. In total, the 2021 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch collection offers four variants each with two strap options, a leather strap or a bracelet.
Each of the four variants comes in a 42mm case diameter with a transparent case back and 20 mm lugs. The standard stainless steel variants feature hesalite crystal while the rest of the collection comes with domed sapphire crystal with an anti‑reflective treatment.
The entry-level 2021 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch will cost just under $8,000 with the Canopus Gold™ variant with the matching bracelet topping out at over $56,000.