If the fans choose to “resurrect” a famous movement, then the Omega 321 movement must be one of them. Since the 1940s, this precise and elegant chronograph movement has been highly sought after and is still the target of many watch collectors around the world. Today, Omega announces the re-emergence of the classic 321 calibers, which has successfully “revived” this iconic movement more than 50 years later.
Original Omega 321 movement
The original 321 calibers are known for its ingenious design. In 1957, the first Omega Speedmaster watch was equipped with the 321 calibers. In fact, this movement was first installed in several Omega sea master series watches. The 321 movement uses an integrated column wheel, which is very demanding on the fineness of the movement structure and the watchmaking process. Therefore, this classic design also greatly enhances the technical value of the movement, making it popular with watch collectors.
The Oujia Superbike series ST 105.003 is equipped with this movement through the rigorous testing of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), making the Super master watch the only one allowed to participate in all NASA manned space missions. The watch, accompanied by astronaut Ed White, performed the first “spacewalk” mission in the United States. Omega’s first watch on the moon – the Speedmaster series ST 105.012 is also equipped with this classic movement.
In order to accurately reproduce this prestigious classic movement, Omega has established a team of experts consisting of researchers, developers, historians, and skilled watchmakers. The entire project took more than two years and was kept strictly confidential. The team even named the project “Alaska Plan 11” (Alaska 11), which was the code used by Omega in its cooperation with NASA in the 1960s and 1970s.
Based on the second-generation 321 calibers, Omega has conducted extensive research on its historical data and original design to restore the movement structure as accurately as possible. In addition, Omega also used the tomographic imaging technique to study the Super master ST 105.003 watch worn by the Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan in 1972. Eugene Cernan is the last man to land on the moon, and his Super master watch is housed in the Omega Museum in Bill (Bill). The 321 caliber on this watch provides an important technical reference for engraving. As a result, the new 321 caliber is able to accurately restore the unique and iconic design of the original movement to pay tribute to the moon landing history of the Omega Speedmaster.
Raynald Aeschlimann, President, and CEO of Omega Global said: “We are very happy to see that the 321 movements are loved by many watch fans. In 1968, Omega produced the last batch of 321 movements, but about this machine. The discussion of the core has never stopped, which is enough to prove how special it is. Therefore, Omega has put a lot of effort into recreating this movement to meet the wishes of the fans, and we are full of excitement.
The new 321 calibers will begin production at the Omega headquarters in Bill. The difference is that the entire production process of this movement will be carried out in Omega’s 321 movement workshop. The assembly of each movement, as well as the assembly of the watch case and strap accessories, will be produced by the same watchmaker. In the coming months, Omega said it will continue to share with the fans the latest developments and information about this movement.
Omega’s sudden announcement of this move today is a stone-shattering, causing an uproar in the bezel. But in fact, think about it, this move is also expected.