Introduced in 1957, the OMEGA Speedmaster is one of the most iconic watch collections ever made. This chronograph watch series was originally created for professional racing car drivers. It is also the first chronograph in the world to feature a tachymeter scale on the bezel, as opposed to on the dial. The Speedmaster watches have been renowned for their sturdy, highly-precise and water-resistant design.
Marking its 65th anniversary this year, the very first OMEGA Speedmaster (reference CK2915-1) is a highly sought after collector’s timepiece. Taking inspiration from this historic creation, Omega has launched a special Speedmaster Calibre 321 model in 18K Canopus Gold.
This timepiece boasts a unique 38.6 mm case in 18K Canopus Gold™, OMEGA’s own white gold alloy and 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, which was specifically used to reference water-resistance in some of the first CK2915 models.
The deep black onyx dial features an applied vintage OMEGA logo and typography featuring an oval “O” – a detail that was typical for the first CK2915 models. There are also 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.
On the fixed stainless steel bezel, the famous tachymeter scale has been filled with black “Grand Feu” enamel. It also boasts two of the original Speedmaster’s most collector-worthy details: the famous dot over ninety (DON) and a dot diagonal to seventy.
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 the authentic specifications.
An engraving of the OMEGA Seahorse has been added to the inside of the sapphire crystal caseback glass. Its eye has been made from a sparkling blue sapphire, a precious jewel that traditionally marks a 65-year celebration.
The Speedmaster Calibre 321 watch is fitted on an 18K Canopus Gold™ bracelet with a comfort release adjustment system.
The watch is presented in a special wooden box. Crafted with a Rosewood-like pattern in honour of the collection’s 65th anniversary, the shape and design of the box is inspired by the original Speedmaster boxes that customers would have received in 1957.
The suggested retail price of OMEGA Speedmaster Calibre 321 in Canopus Gold™ is US $81,000.00.
This timepiece belongs to the Calibre 321 series of the OMEGA Speedmaster Heritage collection. The other models from the series are the Speedmaster Moonwatch Calibre 321 Stainless Steel 39.7 mm (reference 3188.8.131.52.01.001) and the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum 42 mm (reference 3184.108.40.206.99.001).
Model: SPEEDMASTER Canopus Gold™
Calibre Omega 321
Manual-winding chronograph movement with column wheel mechanism, Breguet balance-spring and 18K SednaTM gold PVD coated finish.
Power reserve: 55 hours
Diameter: 38.6 mm
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Transparent sapphire crystal case back with inside engraving
Crown with the NAIAD symbol
Tachymeter bezel, scale filled with black enamel
Water resistance: 6 bar (60 metres / 200 feet)
Deep black onyx dial
Applied vintage OMEGA logo and typography featuring the “oval O”
18K white gold hands/indexes with a Canopus Gold™ PVD treatment
Sub dials for small seconds display, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder
Central chronograph hands
18K Canopus Gold™ bracelet with a comfort release adjustment system
Five year warranty
Approximate retail price
Switzerland: CHF 80,800.00