Meet the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, with another development. The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch has the type 3861 Master Chronometer development, another case, dial, and case back. In this article, you read all that there’s to think about the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch.
I am overly energized, as today is an extraordinary (Speedy) Tuesday, as Omega declares its replacement to the Speedmaster Moonwatch that has been in the assortment since 1996. Carrying an update to an unequaled exemplary should be finished with care, and that’s precisely what Omega did. They took as much time as is needed and refreshed the pieces and pieces that everybody felt required an update (the arm band comes to mind). Other than that, Omega incorporated various new cool subtleties that snatch back to the past. What remained are the things no one ought to at any point contact! Let’s have a more intensive gander at the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 310.30.42.50.01.001 and its variations.
The New Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
When Omega’s originator Claude Baillod and Head of Creation Pierre Moinat concocted the Speedmaster in 1957, I am certain they wouldn’t have hoped against hope about the notorious status it has today. Without a doubt, a great deal has changed since that absolute first Speedmaster CK2915 from 1957, however after the fourth emphasis (105.012) in 1964, the plan changes have been minimal.
As you know, the Speedmaster reference 105.012 was the one worn by space explorer Buzz Aldrin when he set foot on the Moon. The other Speedmaster references worn on the Moon are the 145.012 (a refreshed 105.012 fundamentally) and the more seasoned 105.003, otherwise called “Ed White”. In this article , you can find out pretty much all the Speedmasters that were on the Moon.
The new Ø42mm Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch depends on that fourth cycle, which means the case measurements and angled case back is as per the first Moonwatch with reference 105.012. Fundamentally, it’s a similar case as the Apollo XI 50th commemoration or Silver Snoopy Award, which was presented last October. The bezel is made of steel, with an aluminum embed and a Dot-Over-Ninety on the tachymeter scale.
What has changed?
The new Omega Speedmaster Professional will supplant the current one, with type 1861 and 1863. It is the end of a time that began in 1996 when Omega presented the Speedmaster Moonwatch reference 3570.50. It had another wristband and another development. After one year, the 3570.50 was the main Speedmaster Professional to utilize Super-LumiNova rather than tritium. It utilized Omega’s type 1861, which is an update of the type 861. In 2014, the current Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” was presented. There were no significant updates, however. We saw the reference number coding framework change somewhat, a wristband utilizing screws rather than pins, and another crate. That was all.
And now, Omega is giving the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch the greatest update in quite a while. I would even say, the greatest since 1968 when the type 861 was acquainted as the replacement with the type 321. Today, Omega reports the new Speedmaster Moonwatch. This watch will be the benchmark of the assortment for quite a long time — presumably many years — to come.
In short, the significant changes (other than the case shape) are another development (type 3861) and another arm band. However, you will likewise find a ton of subtleties on the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch that lovers and gatherers will appreciate.
A new dial for the Moonwatch
One of the main things to see about the new Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is the new dial and the chronograph second hand. The dark stained presentation welcomes back the “step” that the Speedmaster used to have till around 1974. It makes more profundity to the dial and accentuates the pie-dish impact. The printing of the wordmarks “Speedmaster” and “Professional” has likewise changed a tad. Previously, the “professional” text was more extensive than the “Speedmaster” mark that sat above it. They are currently the equivalent width.
The chronograph hand has a similar short-end “teardrop” (or “drop counterweight”) shape as the one on the Speedmasters that were utilized on the Moon (105.003, 105.012, and 145.012). In 1968, this changed to a level stabilizer second’s hand that was spent until the active Speedmaster Professional 3220.127.116.11.01.005.
Four renditions of the new Speedmaster Moonwatch
There are four variants of the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Reference 310.30.42.50.01.001 (steel case back, steel arm band, and Hesalite precious stone) is maybe the most essential yet in addition the most “iconic” variant. It is an immediate descendant of the Speedmasters utilized on the Moon and during space trips as a rule. What they all share practically speaking, nonetheless, is the 3861 movement.
Then, there’s the Omega Speedmaster Professional 310.32.42.50.01.001. Additionally highlighting the Hesalite precious stone and strong case back, with now on a dark nylon tie with a crease over catch. The tie tightens from 20mm to 16mm. It is best compared to the tie utilized on the Silver Snoopy Award from 2015.
The third and fourth emphasis of the Speedmaster Moonwatch (310.30.42.50.01.00 for the steel arm band adaptation and 310.32.42.50.01.002 for the model on a dark calfskin lash) have sapphire precious stones fitted. On the front and the back, so it will empower you to appreciate the new type 3861 Master Chronometer development. One approach to distinguish a sapphire gem adaptation is that it additionally has a diamond cleaned applied Omega logo on the dial. On the hesalite models, this logo is printed. That’s right; there’s now a visual indication to check whether you’re managing a Moonwatch with Hesalite precious stone or one with a sapphire crystal.
Hesalite versus sapphire
Let’s say you are prepared to buy your first Moonwatch (when you’re effectively down to your second, third or worse… you likely understand what you need). You need to settle on the choice among sapphire and Hesalite and between a delicate nylon tie and a steel wristband. The last choice is, as I would see it, a simple one to make: go for the wristband rendition. More about that later on in this article. The extreme decision is maybe between the case structure scratch-safe sapphire precious stone and the Hesalite gem. My partner and Moonwatch coach Gerard Nijenbrinks composed a phenomenal article on the sapphire versus Hesalite point , so I encourage you to give that a read.
In the past, the distinction among sapphire and Hesalite likewise had to do with the development. The Hesalite adaptation accompanied a steel case back, without the development being noticeable (indeed, there were previously, however those were suspended a couple of years prior). The sapphire Moonwatch accompanied a straightforward case back and had an alternate development: the type 1863. A type 1861 fundamentally, with more alluring finishing.
Now, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch with sapphire (reference 310.30.42.50.01.00 and 310.32.42.50.01.00) additionally has an applied Omega logo, as referenced previously. So you need to find out whether you favor the printed Omega logo or the applied logo. I saw that individuals tend to lean towards an applied logo, yet the truth of the matter is that the printed logo has been utilized for quite a while too (never utilized on the Moon, however). Eventually, it is your call.
I am building up a slight inclination for the Omega Speedmaster Professional with Hesalite precious stone. It has the pleasantly decorated Omega logo in the middle, and it has this “magnifier” impact on the dial. It doesn’t show the type 3861 Master Chronometer chronograph development, yet I am sufficiently fortunate to possess the Speedmaster Professional Moonshine gold release, with type 3861. On the off chance that I didn’t have that watch, I may have been in camp sapphire. The development is excessively pleasant not to respect from time to time.
In terms of measurements, the sapphire precious stone renditions are somewhat slimmer than the Hesalite models — 13.18mm versus 13.58mm.
Master Chronometer Caliber 3861
One of the things about this new Omega Moonwatch that energizes me more than anything is the development. At this point don’t will there be a distinction between the Moonwatch with and without sapphire case back. All will have a similar delightful type 3861 beating endlessly inside. Omega has utilized it in three of its watches up until now, yet all either restricted (Apollo XI) or unique (Silver Snoopy Award) releases. Presently, it is supplanting the popular 1861 and 1863 calibers.
What is so unique about this development? The new 3861 chronograph development is part of the way dependent on type 1861 (with generally half new parts, however) yet has a couple of intriguing highlights. It has a Co-Axial escapement, which brings about less grating and higher exactness. The exactness of this chronograph development is somewhere in the range of 0 and +5 seconds out of each day all things considered, formally ensured by METAS ( We as of late did a web recording with Omega’s VP of Production and Procurement Andreas Hobmeier, who clarifies METAS and Master Chronometer ). It can withstand attractive fields of >15,000 gauss and has a force hold of 50 hours. Additionally, the type 3861 has a hacking highlight. Implying that the running seconds will stop when you pull out the crown.
Until now, the type 3861 was just obvious in the Speedmaster Apollo XI 18ct Moonshine. That development looks somewhat changed however, because of the gold plating. In the new Speedmaster Moonwatch, Omega utilizes a rhodium-plated type 3861. The improvement is the equivalent however. Geneva waves, roundabout graining, and inclined edges. Besides, this type 3861 has gold-filled etchings. Dissimilar to the type 1861, the Delrin brake has been supplanted with a metal one.
Co-Axial chronometer movement
From my own involvement in this development — I have been wearing the Moonshine form with type 3861 since July 2019 — I can say that it is an extraordinary and exact watch. I likewise find myself removing the watch to appreciate the development every now and then, so a sapphire precious stone case back offers some additional worth, I’d say.
On the case back, you will find an indication that this Speedmaster Moonwatch has a Co-Axial Master Chronometer development. It is not the same as the “original” Moonwatch obviously, however actually, I don’t mind it being engraved on there. Eventually, it is an advanced watch and a powerful accolade for the one that has been utilized on the Moon and in space. On the off chance that things like this etching (or another development) pester you, it is ideal to begin looking for a unique 105.003, 105.012, or 145.012. I’m glad that Omega didn’t decide to put a “Master Chronometer” text on the dial, as numerous different watches in the Omega assortment have.
Speedmaster Moonwatch Old versus New
A part has changed, however a great deal likewise stays as before. In the event that I’d show the new Omega Speedmaster Professional to my friends who aren’t that much into watches, they likely won’t notice the distinction from the outset. The subtleties on the dial will part with it for a few, and in the two cases — sapphire and Hesalite — the case back has changed over the bygone one. The quick giveaway is — obviously — the new bracelet.
Did I hold back something special for later? I don’t know, yet the new wristband is, as far as I might be concerned, one of the primary motivations to add one to my unobtrusive Speedmaster assortment. I as of late distributed a romantic tale on the wristband of my Speedmaster Apollo XI Moonshine , which is fundamentally a similar one as on this new Speedmaster Moonwatch. It doesn’t tighten from 20mm to 14mm like the gold adaptation, however to 15mm. The 14mm wouldn’t be an issue, frankly, yet I can envision numerous individuals out there figure it very well may be excessively little. Additionally, the 14mm wide fasten is a recognition for the first gold Speedmaster reference BA145.022-69.
As I wrote in my romantic tale on the gold arm band, it looks somewhat like the reference 1479 yet appears to be unique when cautiously noticing the subtleties and wrapping up. Likewise, the nature of the new Omega wristbands is a lot higher than those from the 1990s and 1980s. The arm band has a pleasant brushed get done with cleaned sides, an ideal match to the watch. At last, the times of the cleaned in the middle of connections are finished. As far as I might be concerned, the wristband of the current Speedmaster Professional since 1996 has consistently been perhaps the most fragile connection. Albeit comfortable, and particularly on the last emphasess the quality improved, the gazes never added upward for me. The wristband on the sapphire adaptation has little cleaned in the middle links.
Also imperative to know, the new Speedmaster wristband does fit the previous Moonwatch! In the image over, the new arm band on my reference 3570.50. No change required, yet I need to add that I utilized the pins of the new Speedmaster Moonwatch. Likewise, as you can find in the image above, it leaves a minuscule hole between the case and end interface. On the off chance that you’re experiencing OCD, you may go mental.
Always on the bracelet
I would consistently buy a Moonwatch (and I entirely did, when material) on an arm band and purchase a lash independently. It simply sounds good to me, as adding the arm band later will truly set you back. Along these lines, you can likewise pick which lash you like, the calfskin from the sapphire release or the dark nylon tie from the Hesalite version.
The glaring issue at hand is maybe the etching on the tempered steel case back variant. Where the sapphire case back versions have “First Watch Worn on the Moon” engraved, the strong steel case backs have “Flight Qualified by NASA in 1965 for all monitored space missions”, rather than the conventional, “Flight Qualified by NASA for all monitored space missions”.
The “Flight qualified” part has been a significant subject in different fora and Facebook gatherings. Is the new Speedmaster Moonwatch with type 3861 actually flight-qualified by NASA? Allow me to begin by saying that the Moonwatch with type 1861 additionally wasn’t tried and qualified thusly, by NASA. In light of the test methods and the progressions made to the development, the new Speedmaster Moonwatch should breeze through those assessments without an issue. In 1978, NASA likewise didn’t do the thorough test deals with the Speedmaster type 861 themselves. It was finished by Omega, in light of the system characterized by NASA. And NASA qualified the watch by and by. Did Omega test the new watches as needs be? They did (we asked).
Speedmaster Moonwatch in Gold
Then, Omega additionally makes these watches accessible in gold! Sedna gold, which is Omega’s own rose gold composite, and Canopus gold, Omega’s white gold. The determinations of the watch are equivalent to the steel Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer in treated steel with sapphire. Both gold releases come with the lash and the arm band, and all forms have the sapphire presentation back. We will before long report about these gold models independently. All things considered, I am cheerful Omega chosen to add a gold Speedmaster Professional in the standard assortment once more. We have missed those since 2012.
As you will see underneath, the Canopus (white) gold adaptation is significantly more costly than the Sedna gold. This has to do with the composition of the gold (dark golds are as a rule more costly), as it contains a high level of Palladium. It likewise has to do with the machining cycle of gold, which is more costly on Canopus than on Sedna gold, as per Omega.
Pricing and Availability
The Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch with type 3861 Master Chronometer development comes in four varieties, as clarified. It likewise implies there are four reference numbers with four cost tags.
Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Caliber 3861 Hesalite:
- 310.32.42.50.01.001 – CHF 5,500 Swiss Francs/€5,800 (strap)
- 310.30.42.50.01.001 – CHF5,800 Swiss Francs/€6,100 (bracelet)
Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Caliber 3861 Sapphire:
- 310.32.42.50.01.002 – CHF 6,300 Swiss Francs/€6,700 (strap)
- 310.30.42.50.01.002 – CHF 6,600 Swiss Francs/€7,000 (bracelet)
Speedmaster Moonwatch Sedna gold Caliber 3861
- 310.60.42.50.01.001 RRP CHF 32,200/€34,100 (bracelet)
- 310.63.42.50.01.001 RRP CHF 22,800/€24,100 (strap)
Speedmaster Moonwatch Canopus gold Caliber 3861
- 310.60.42.50.02.001 RRP CHF 41,900/€44,300 (bracelet)
- 310.63.42.50.02.001 RRP CHF 28,100/€29,700 (strap)
*Swiss costs are without deals charge, EU costs depend on German retail costs (counting VAT).
As you can see, the cost expanded to some degree, yet not even close to the €2,000 that a few group were suggesting. The current Speedmaster Moonwatch on Hesalite 318.104.22.168.01.005 has a retail cost of CHF 4,950 Swiss Francs (€4,900 in The Netherlands including 21% VAT). So that’s about CHF 850 Swiss Francs added for the new Speedmaster Moonwatch model on a wristband (310.30.42.50.01.001). Thinking about the new wristband, new development, and every one of those marvelous subtleties, it is by all accounts more than fair.
The box is a more modest form of what it used to be, like the one utilized for the Snoopy 50th Anniversary version.
The steel models are being conveyed as of now. The gold releases will be conveyed to the business sectors toward the end of January. More data can be found on the .