It’s a legend, there can be no doubt. You can keep your Mariana Trench and high altitude test pilot watches, the Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 went into space! It doesn’t get anymore challenging than that. Ask any serious watch collector to mention a famous movement and it’s a fair bet the Cal 321 is on that list. So much so that Omega has recently relaunched this groundbreaking specification in a special edition (for that read $59k) watch last year and now, at last, in a new steel edition for 2020.
And who can blame them?
Who wouldn’t want an Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 in their collection? Not only is the watch a must have for lovers of the history of watches, it’s also blood brilliant at keeping the time. I guess Nasa knew what they were doing when they choose it for their first manned missions.
But here’s the thing. As beautiful as the new steel version is, (and make no mistake it is stunning) I find myself asking why would someone spend that kind of money on a new watch paying homage to a classic, when the classic itself is still available for a similar price? I myself am the proud owner of three Speedie 321’s (as well as a few 861’ which are just as incredible) and they are simply wonderful. Don’t believe me, then take a look at them here.
And we already know they are space proof! What’s more the design cues the new watch takes from the 1960’s classic are there on the original in spades and these watches have actually lived a life. Here’s one from 1963! Born in the era of space itself
If you can find a watch that deserves to be the centrepiece of a collection more than this then buy it. In fact just buy this one!
You will never regret it and with Omega doing it’s level best to remind everyone what an incredible watch the calibre 321 was, you can be certain it’s as close to a space proof investment as you’re ever likely to get.