Marking 65 years since the Speedmaster Reference CK2915-1, and deriving its inspiration from it, Omega has announced a new Speedmaster Caliber 321, with vintage details and a 38.6mm sized case in their proprietary 18kt Canopus Gold™.
This new model belongs to the Calibre 321 series of the OMEGA Speedmaster Heritage collection – the others are the Speedmaster Moonwatch Calibre 321 Stainless Steel 39.7 mm (Reference 318.104.22.168.01.001) and the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 Platinum 42 mm (Reference 322.214.171.124.99.001).
The Speedmaster was introduced in 1957 as a sports and racing chronograph. The first model, the CK 2915, contained Omega’s Calibre 321, which was developed in 1946 by Albert Piguet. The “Speedmaster” name derived from a combination of the model’s stainless steel tachymeter scale bezel and the naming convention set by Omega’s Seamaster and Railmaster lines.
The first Speedmaster established the hallmark 12-hour, triple-register chronograph, domed Plexiglass crystal and simple indices, but it used Omega’s Broadarrow hand. Although the general ‘look’ has remained, it is the variations in details such as the name (‘Professional’), case size, case back, hands, lugs, script, dial aesthetics and of course the movement in the subsequent decades which has kept its popularity intact and lead to a solid collecting community for vintage models. The contemporary limited edition Speedmasters have also, of course, developed their own more market-based form of desirability.
First up, the case.
Omega’s Canopus Gold™ is a white gold alloy distinguished by its brilliance and whiteness of colour. This new piece has a water resistance of 60m – there is the NAIAD symbol on the crown, which was used to reference water resistance in some of the first CK2915 models. The tachymetre scale on the bezel is filled with black Grand Feu enamel, with a dot over ‘90’ (aka ‘DON’) and a dot diagonal to ‘70’. The sapphire on the case back has an engraving of the Omega Seahorse, its eye a blue sapphire to mark 65 years.
Going onto the dial, it is a deep black onyx and features an applied vintage Omega logo and typeface with an oval “O” that is also a nod to the first CK2915 models. The hands and indices are 18K white gold with Canopus Gold™ PVD treatment, and there are of course the familiar three chronograph sub dials for small seconds, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters.
The Calibre 321 was the original movement used inside the Speedmaster, but since 2019 Omega has brought it back into production for particular pieces, such as this new model. The manually-wound column wheel chronograph movement beats at 18,000 VPH, has a Breguet balance spring and Sedna Gold™ PVD-coated finish, and a power reserve of 55 hours.
This new Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold™ has an 18K Canopus Gold™ bracelet with a comfort release adjustment system. It comes with a loupe in a wooden box with a Rosewood-like pattern to mark 65 years, the design inspired by the 1957 Speedmaster boxes.
This is no ordinary Speedmaster, and it does not come with an ordinary price – the RRP is AUD 123,750 (including taxes)/ CHF 80,800.
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