Omega Moonwatch 2021
A sneak peek
The new Omega Moonwatch Master Chronometer 2021 is in the headlines today and will be for a long time. I think the brand aimed to be the first brand to take the curtain off the 2021 new timepieces and began with their hero product; there's no doubt. With the 2021 Speedmaster Moonwatch, Omega has dramatically raised the bar while paying homage to its rich past as it never did in many generations. Again, the new Moonwatch is drawing inspiration from the so-called "fourth-gen Speedmaster," a design we got familiar with when in-depth reviewing the Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award. The new one is closing the gap between modern and original Moonwatch, and the adoption of the Master Chronometer certified caliber 3861 also aligns this Speedy to the state-of-the-art Omega production.
The 2021 Speedmaster Moonwatch 2021 is the first-ever fully anti-magnetic standard Moonwatch, making this rare hand-wound sports luxury chronograph far more refined and equally appealing to die-hard vintage fans as to contemporary Speedmaster aficionados. Omega released plenty of pictures and videos to help get familiar with new Vs. Now-old Moonwatch, first and foremost. Setting the new caliber's replacement apart, adopting a five-link bracelet with a redesigned and more premium Omega clasp is reminiscent of 2019 introduced Moonshine™ Gold Speedmaster as of the NASA approved Speedys.
The case retains its 42mm case size, but a new step dial with curved hour and minute hands gives a kind of appeal the somewhat too contemporary 2020 Moonwatch was lacking. At first sight, I am not too fond of Omega's designers not opting for a black ceramic inlay, something that I finally approve of; a true Speedmaster never had anything different than a standard inlay. Phased-in and phased out models share the hesalite/sapphire options; the 2021 new Omega Moonwatch in steel comes either on hesalite or sapphire glass. They offer nylon or leather straps, or, finally, a fully brushed or brushed and polished bracelet. Please see below pictures and retail prices:
Omega Moonwatch 2021 Hesalite reference 310.32.42.50.01.001 - price 6.000 Euro
Omega Moonwatch 2021 Hesalite reference 310.30.42.50.01.001 - price 6,300 Euro
If you're going for a sapphire-crystal Moonwatch 2021, be ready to pay 6,800 or 7,200 Euros, respectively. Interestingly enough, the leather to steel bracelet increase is higher than the nylon to steel one (hesalite crystal variant), something related to different costs and pricing of either steel Vs. steel and leather Vs. Nylon options, I guess.
The biggest news is, no doubt, the 18-karat Sedna™ and 18-karat Canopus™ Gold Speedmaster duo. Showcasing applied gold indexes and the Omega logo, they're stunning, especially the rose gold and black option, which I love. Here are options and pricing, either on a leather strap or gold bracelet:
Omega Moonwatch 2021 Canopus™ Gold reference 310.63.42.50.02.001 - price 30,500 Euro
Omega Moonwatch 2021 Canopus™ Gold reference 310.60.42.50.02.001 - price 45,400 Euro
Omega Moonwatch 2021 Sedna™ Gold reference 310.63.42.50.01.001 - price 24,700 Euro
Omega Moonwatch 2021 Sedna™ Gold reference 310.60.42.50.01.001 - price 34,900 Euro
To sum it up, please consider this article as a sneak peek. We'll receive the 2021 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch samples later this week for a full hands-on review. Is the 2021 new Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer up to the expectations and any different from its old sibling? Please read our hands-on review.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Omega Watches)
Gaetano C @Horbiter®