Friday, January 15, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Omega releases a new Moon watch

“The king is dead, long live the king!”

Let’s start with the most important bit: the new Speedmaster Pro 310. (previously 311. is listed at AUD$ 9,575 which is exactly $2,000 more than the ‘old’ one.

While the watch looks identical from the dial side, there are couple of important upgrades. First: the mechanism. The Cal 1861 has been replaced with Cal 3861, the co-axial ‘chronometer rated’ escapement with silicon hair spring. The case back is now signed “Flight qualified by NASA in 1965 for all manned space missions” and “the first watch worn on the moon”. Also, the watch is fitted with a new style bracelet and a new clasp.

The sapphire sandwich version is 310. with the price tag of $10,900 and there is also an 18K solid yellow gold version (AUD$ 53,150) and an 18K white gold – or as Omega calls it ‘Canopus Gold’- for  AUD $69,150.

Clearly, the second hand market prices for the ‘old’ Moon watches will go up and mint condition 2018-2020 Speedmasters will now be sold at a premium.

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