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Omega reintroduces the Calibre 321

One of the most appreciated Omega movements by watch enthusiasts and collectors, the famous Calibre 321, is back in production.

The new Calibre 321 reintroduced by Omega in 2019

Introduced in 1942 as a joint project between Omega and Lemania, one of Omega's subsidiaries at the time, this movement was used in a variety of models including the Speedmaster ST 105.003 (the model first tested and qualified by NASA and worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk) and the Speedmaster ST 105.012 (the first watch worn on the moon). Read more about Calibre 321 and the Speedmaster chronograph in our article "The Omega Speedmaster history".

The Calibre 321 is recognised as one of the best example of lateral clutch, column wheel controlled chronograph and it was used as a base movement by Breguet, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin in a variety of chronographs.

An original Calibre 321

For the reintroduction of Calibre 321, Omega utilised a dedicated team of experts who worked efficiently over two years and in great secrecy to bring the movement to life. The small group was composed of researchers, developers and historians, as well as the finest craftsmen and experienced watchmakers.

The new Calibre 321 reintroduced by Omega in 2019

Historical research were made to guarantee the highest accuracy. Digital scanning technology was used to see inside the true Speedmaster ST 105.003 timepiece that astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan wore on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

As a result, even the most unique and iconic parts of the Calibre 321 have been reborn in respect to their authentic specifications. The new movements will now go into production at Omega's headquarters in Bienne.

The new Calibre 321 reintroduced by Omega in 2019

All aspects of creation will be undertaken within a dedicated Calibre 321 workshop. For each movement, the assembly, as well as the watch head and bracelet assembly will be performed by the same watchmaker. More developments and news in the coming months. omegawatches.com

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  1. Interesting news indeed! I hope it will not be used only for super-expensive limited editions. It would be nice to have a Speedmaster moon with this movement at reasonable price. I would probably buy it!

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    1. Which premium would you be ready to pay for a moonwatch with this movement compared to the current model? Just wondering.

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Time and Watches | The watch blog: Omega reintroduces the Calibre 321
Omega reintroduces the Calibre 321
One of the most appreciated Omega movements by watch enthusiasts and collectors, the famous Calibre 321, is back in production. Introduced in the 1940s, this movement was used in a variety of models including the Speedmaster ST 105.003 (the model first tested and qualified by NASA and worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk) and the Speedmaster ST 105.012 (the first watch worn on the moon).
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