Omega’s relationship with the space program is legendary. Even today, astronauts, cosmonauts and crew members of the International Space Station are issued Omega timepieces as part of their official gear. From being one of the first watches in space, to the first watch to be worn on a U.S. “spacewalk,” to undeniably being the first watch on the moon, the connecting bonds run deep. When Omega first began the relationship, the Speedmaster chronographs ran on what is now a collectible, desirable movement: The Calibre 321. The movement had been upgraded and modernized through the years. But recently, NASA and Omega collaborated on a very special reproduction/tribute to the original 321 movement. Using astronaut Gene Cernin’s original watch, they used state-of-the-art tomography to scan and measure each of the original movement’s components, and then recreated it in nearly every original material and form possible.
Of course, the 42mm 321 Heritage Moonwatch, rendered in gleaming platinum, sports a sapphire crystal case back to view the intricate, reconstructed calibre. But that’s just the start of the special features: Expect a modern black ceramic bezel with a tachymetric scale and white gold indexes and hands, but the eye is instantly drawn to the three sub dials on the face, that are backed with a slice of an actual moon meteorite. This special timepiece will become available towards the end of 2019. $59,400, omega-watches.com