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MANNED SPACE MISSIONS or HUMAN SPACE MISSIONS?

So, it appears that there’s a bit of leaking going on at Omega. The new Speedmaster 3861 is out in the open. Over at SpeedyWatches.com we won’t be posting any images until it’s officially launched, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find them on your own. If you haven’t already.

For now I want to dive into a change that’s very subtle, yet topic of much discussion in on the forums: what was once FLIGHT-QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS is now FLIGHT-QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL HUMAN SPACE MISSIONS. Why is this?

The earlier FLIGHT-QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS case-back

I did a bit of research and found out about the NASA style guide, which says the following on this subject;

Gender-Specific Language (e.g., Manned Space Program vs. Human Space Program)
In general, all references to the space program should be non-gender-specific (e.g., human, piloted, unpiloted, robotic, as opposed to manned or unmanned). The exception to the rule is when referring to the Manned Spaceflight Center (also known as the Manned Spacecraft Center), the predecessor of Johnson Space Center in Houston, or to any other historical program name or official title that included “manned” (e.g., Associate Administrator for Manned Spaceflight).

So it appears that Omega’s new HUMAN SPACE MISSION is in fact in accordance with the latest NASA style guide.

Discontinued: Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space 311.32.40.30.01.001

It’s official: the Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space is discontinued!

This morning Omega (NL) informed its authorized dealers that the Speedmaster FOIS is officially sold out. AD’s can no longer place new orders for this watch – and according to team Omega, there’s no guarantee that all existing backorders will be fulfilled.

The Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space was introduced in 2012. Most estimate the pieces produced over its eight year+ production span to be around 15’000. Highest number I’ve personally seen is high in the 14’700’s.

Press Release: OMEGA launches the Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary

In 1970, OMEGA received the coveted “Silver Snoopy Award” from the astronauts at NASA, recognising the brand’s unique contributions to space exploration, as well as the Speedmaster’s vital support during the rescue of Apollo 13.   

Exactly 50 years later, a special timepiece has been created in the occasion’s honour. Combining animation with watchmaking art, this incredible Snoopy tribute has taken the OMEGA Speedmaster to new realms of design.

Our favourite beagle plays a prominent role within the timepiece, first appearing as an embossed silver medallion on the blue subdial at 9 o’clock. Here, he is shown wearing his famous spacesuit, in the exact style of the silver pin that NASA astronauts give to award recipients.

The dial itself is also silver and laser-engraved with Ag925. It includes two more blue subdials, as well as blue PVD angle-shaped hour markers and hands.

On the caseback, the fun really begins! This time, Snoopy has gone into orbit, thanks to his animated black and white Command and Service Module (CSM) on a magical hand. When the chronograph seconds hand is in use, Snoopy takes a trip around the mysterious far side of the moon – just like the Apollo 13 crew – with the lunar surface being decorated on the sapphire crystal using a unique micro-structured metallisation.

In the distance, a vision of our home is included. This Earth disc rotates once per minute, in sync with the watch’s small seconds hand, and symbolises the precise rotation of the Earth. The iconic quote, “Eyes on the Stars”, is included within the black universe.

The NAIAD LOCK keeps all caseback engravings in the correct, upright position, including the date in 1970 that OMEGA received the Silver Snoopy Award, as well as a tribute to the imperilled Apollo 13 mission that same year.

Showing OMEGA’s superb attention to detail, the watch’s blue nylon fabric strap matches the other blue elements of the watch, and even features the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission, embossed on the lining. This strap is attached to a 42 mm case in stainless steel, which is inspired by the 4th generation Speedmaster style (the first watch worn on the moon in 1969). The tachymeter scale, with the iconic “Dot over Ninety”, is shown in white enamel on a blue ceramic [ZrO2] bezel ring.

In a superb display of watchmaking skill, the Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary watch is driven by the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861. This ground-breaking movement has taken the legendary Moonwatch calibre to new standards of excellence, with anti-magnetic innovation, as well as Master Chronometer certification from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

The timepiece comes with OMEGA’s full 5-year warranty, and will not be a limited production. Eager fans will receive the watch in its own Apollo 13 presentation box, with a microfiber cleaning cloth, a brochure, and a magnifying glass to help you get up close to the details.

Press Release: Introducing the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel 311.30.40.30.01.001

THE 321 POWERS ON! LEGENDARY CALIBRE IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND ANOTHER MOONWATCH – THIS TIME IN STEEL.

Introducing the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel (311.30.40.30.01.001)

In early 2019, OMEGA announced the long-awaited return of its iconic Calibre 321. Soon after, in July of the same year, the Swiss watchmaker unveiled the first new timepiece to house the movement – a Moonwatch in platinum.

Next in line for legendary status is OMEGA’s 321-powered Speedmaster in steel.

In 1965, when astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space he was wearing the Speedmaster ST 105.003. OMEGA’s latest offering takes inspiration from that famous model.

The 39.70 mm case in stainless steel, influenced by the same 3rd generation style that Ed White wore, features a bezel ring in polished black ceramic [ZrO2] with a tachymeter scale in white enamel. Gracing the black step dial are the familiar Moonwatch hands, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder, and central chronograph hand.he 39.70 mm case in stainless steel, influenced by the same 3rd generation style that Ed White wore, features a bezel ring in polished black ceramic [ZrO2] with a tachymeter scale in white enamel. Gracing the black step dial are the familiar Moonwatch hands, small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder, and central chronograph hand.

Collectors will be thrilled to see the addition of the iconic “Dot over Ninety” and other respectful nods to the past, including vintage OMEGA logos throughout the design. Of course, a movement as beautiful as the 321 should be visible at all times, so owners can admire the iconic Calibre through the sapphire crystal caseback.

Known for its beautifully intricate design, the original Calibre 321 was the first movement ever used in the OMEGA Speedmaster in 1957. As well as powering Ed White’s spacewalk Speedmaster referenced above, the famous movement drove the Speedmaster ST 105.012, better known as the first watch worn on the Moon.

After extensive research and reconstruction in a dedicated workshop, the Calibre 321 was recreated in-line with its original specifications, and released in time for the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

It is now the driving force behind not one, but two Moonwatch models, including this spectacular new OMEGA Speedmaster in steel.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 reference 311.30.40.30.01.001 is available for pre-order at Ace Jewelers – the premier Authorized Dealer when it comes to new Moonwatches. The price in EURO is EUR 13.300 (incl. VAT).

New: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel 311.30.40.30.01.001

Omega kicks off 2020 with the introduction of the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Stainless Steel 311.30.40.30.01.001.

When the caliber 321 made its re-introduction back in January of 2019, the first package it was delivered in left some to be desired by purists and collectors. Rather than the historical remake many were hoping for, Omega envisioned this 321 as an ultra-luxurious take on the classic Moonwatch, dressed up in platinum, onyx, meteorite and alligator. With a price as stunning as its looks.

Now, with 2020 barely a week old, Omega is showing us a rather different personality. The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 reference 311.30.40.30.01.001 is a stunning remake of the watch worn by Ed White during the first American spacewalk, which took place in 1965 on the Gemini 4 Mission.

It would be easy to be deceived by its looks. To the untrained eye, the 39.7mm stainless steel case, the matte, stepped dial with applied logo, the flat link bracelet all look near identical to its vintage predecessors. But of course, the new 311.30.40.30.01.001 is thoughtfully updated with modern materials where possible. As such, the reborn Calibre 321 (clad in Sedna-gold) can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. Sapphire is found on the front as well. The tachymeter insert (DON!) is now made of ceramics. And the bracelet is a thoroughly modern affair with solid links and a push button folding clasp.

It is said Omega will only produce a limited number of these per annum. The release is still very fresh at this point; I will check back in as soon as more information presents itself.

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 reference 311.30.40.30.01.001 is available for pre-order at Ace Jewelers – the premier Authorized Dealer when it comes to new Moonwatches. The price in EURO is EUR 13.300 (incl. VAT).