In 2007, Omega commended the 50th commemoration of the Speedmaster family. As I would see it, there is one extremely extraordinary individual from this gathering that is time and again ignored. Perhaps reference 311. is avoided for its lacquer dial. Perhaps it’s down to its F. Piguet based 3201 development. Whatever the reason for its past disregard, it’s no time like the present it got a touch more attention.

And, as I would like to think, it merits it. Not just in view of the commemorative character of the watch but since of the lacquer dial, hand-wound Omega type 3201, and, to wrap things up, its amazing introduction box.

Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary (2007)

In 2007, Omega presented two Speedmaster models that commemorated the 50th commemoration of their celebrated chronograph. The most noticeable of the pair is the Moonwatch 50th commemoration. Limited to 5,957 pieces ( we expounded on it on Fratello here ), it is associated with the brilliant Seahorse on the dial. At that point, there’s the form we have here with the lacquer dial and the Omega type 3201 development. Indeed, the model was accessible in yellow, red, and white gold, limited to 57 bits of each, and in treated steel, limited to 1,957 units. Authoritatively, Omega incorporated the ‘Moonwatch’ in the model name of the Omega Speedmaster 50th commemoration reference 311. There are unquestionably a ton of similitudes with the Moonwatch. Let’s have a nearer look.

Moonwatch Case

At first sight, this Speedmaster 50th commemoration from 2007 may show up as the customary Moonwatch 3570.50 (or the incredibly long number it has today). Maybe you didn’t even notification it yourself when seeing the cover picture of this article. There are a couple of giveaways however. Albeit the 42mm case and wristband style is equivalent to the Moonwatch, the dial and imprinting on the dial are different.

First, you will see that there’s a number on the dial, which is the exceptional number of the limited version. In any case, you will likewise discover the Omega logo and phrasing to be marginally unique. The Omega logo is very enormous and in a vintage style. The wordmark is additionally in a more established style and you will discover the word ‘Professional’ missing from the dial. Talking about which, the dial is made of finish. Additionally fascinating, the 13mm thick case is water-impervious to 100 meters. That is altogether better compared to the 30 meters water-opposition offered by the standard Moonwatch.

Omega Caliber 3201

If you turn the watch around, you will promptly see something different is going on too. The watch is fueled by a development that’s not from Omega, or Lémania, but rather F. Piguet. This development is known from a portion of the other Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial watches from the mid 2000s that pre-owned type 3313, alongside some Blancpain chronographs and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronographs, for instance. Those are largely self-winding developments, though.

This is a hand-wound form and has the Co-Axial escapement fitted also. This is type 3201, not to be mistaken for the well known 321 development, however it has a section wheel system. Other than that, the development is additionally chronometer ensured. The rhodium-plated development has a force hold of 52 hours, has a pleasant Côte de Geneve completing on the extensions. Working on it back, you will discover a few details, just as the limited release number and the Omega brand name engraved in the old style. The development has a ticking rate of 28,800vph, which is a lot higher than the 21,600vph of the standard Moonwatch. The smooth compass of the seconds hand running against the polish dial scenery is truly something to behold.

Box and Tools

The box of this Speedmaster 50th commemoration 311. is a piece of craftsmanship all alone. In the wake of eliminating the dark external box, you will locate a wonderful wooden box with noteworthy measurements (30cm x 20cm x 20cm) and weight (around 6 kilograms). The watch is on the dark calfskin inside, however as you can see you can lift this part out.

Below, you will locate a wooden plate with watchmaking instruments (screwdrivers, pin remover, a loupe, and so forth) and an extra cowhide tie with steel collapsing fasten. In the booklet that comes with the watch, you will locate an exhaustive clarification of the multitude of devices you will get with this Speedmaster 50th commemoration model. Ordinarily, puts away end away with me, yet boxes like these merit a noticeable spot in your office or men cavern at home. Much the same as the lacquer dial, it is basically beautiful.

Both 50th-commemoration releases from 2007. On the left the gold Seahorse fix release (5957 pieces) and on the privilege the polish dial form (1957 pieces).

Collector’s Item

This Speedmaster 50th commemoration from 2007 is very much like the typical Moonwatch (sapphire sandwich), however the subtleties make it a touch more exceptional. The finish dial, the vintage Omega logo, and obviously the bundle that comes with it. The treated steel arm band (reference 1957/957) has screws rather than pins, which wasn’t common in 2007.

The watch is maybe best depicted as the extravagance form of the standard Moonwatch (with sapphire). Despite the fact that when worn on the wrist, no one aside from you and a couple of Speedmaster fans will presumably see — genuine covertness extravagance. Costs in the used market shift between €6,200 and generally €10,000, yet a full set (box and papers) is unquestionably worth waiting for as it is important for the involvement in the Speedmaster 50th-commemoration reference 311. These full set renditions start at around €7,300 in great condition and approach €10,000 for a never-worn example.