To the Moon and Back with Omega: the New Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel

OMEGA is one of our favorite watches here at Ron Gordon Watch Repair. We see quite a few of them at our New York City watch repair shop, and we always enjoy sharing “fun facts” about the brand. For example, you might not know that OMEGA watches were involved in all six missions to the moon. Many of the folks who love luxury watches like the history behind them – and the passion for technology blends things like the moonshot and watches. Well, for this reason, we’re really excited to learn that OMEGA has the new Speedmaster Moonwatch 321. Inspired by the same 3rd generation style that astronaut Ed White wore during America’s first spacewalk in 1965, this 39.7 mm model features a bezel ring in polished black ceramic [ZrO2], a tachymeter scale in white enamel; and a black step dial with Moonwatch hands and vintage OMEGA logo.

More on the 321

The 321 by OMEGA is still highly sought‑after by collectors around the world. As a tribute to its enduring popularity, OMEGA undertook extensive research and reconstruction in a dedicated workshop. Now, more than 50 years on from its last wave of production, the Calibre 321 has been reborn, in‑line with its original specifications. The watch descends from the 27 chro c12, the enhanced chronograph movement, named in 1949, retained the complex column wheel feature popular with collectors. The 321 powered Speedmaster qualified by NASA for use on all manned space missions and drove the chronograph worn by America’s astronauts during the race to the moon.OMEGA watch repair in New York NY midtown area

Having been a part of all six American missions to the moon, the OMEGA Speedmaster is seen as one of the world’s most iconic timepieces. This model has reprised the famous Calibre 321, which was an important part of the Speedmaster’s original space history.

The black step dial features familiar Moonwatch hands, a vintage OMEGA logo, as well as a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder along with a central chronograph hand. Through the sapphire-crystal caseback, you can see the Calibre 321 inside. It’s an exciting watch and builds on everything we love about the OMEGA brand. If you’re lucky enough to see one “in person,” please let us know your emotional reaction. We’re old enough to remember the moon missions and the excitement that they build during the days of American power.

Repairing OMEGA watches in New York City

That’s the “news” from OMEGA, and we’re very excited about it. That said, we get many people coming into our New York City watch repair shop who have older OMEGA watches. Perhaps it’s a watch that they bought themselves new, a few years ago. Or perhaps they got it as a vintage OMEGA.  Or perhaps better still it’s a watch that they inherited from their parents or grandparents. OMEGA is the kind of brand that holds its value and that people pass on generation to generation here in New York. Regardless, if you own an OMEGA, you want to keep the watch in tip-top shape. We’re the top-rated OMEGA watch repair shop not just in Midtown but throughout New York City. Bring your OMEGA in today for an evaluation and then we can give you an estimate on needed repairs or scheduled maintenance.

You wouldn’t go to the moon, after all, with an inferior watch nor without first inspecting your watch to make sure it’s ready for the mission. Well, that’s how it goes with your OMEGA today. Let us help keep it in tip-top shape.