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The Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold

Inspired by the very first Speedmaster of 1957, in and out.

| By Brice Goulard | 4 min read |
Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.

Almost exactly 3 years ago, Omega gave Speedmaster fans one of the best possible gifts possible, the re-introduction of the historic Calibre 321, the movement that first equipped the Speedy from 1957 to the late 1960s. This will be followed by another important introduction, that of the Speedmaster Moonwatch Calibre 321, a watch that we extensively reviewed and named the Ultimate Speedmaster. Today, Omega begins the year with a new Speedmaster – just like they did in 2021 with the new Moonwatch – and not just a simple colour or material evolution, but with the new Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold, a watch that is all about luxury and being true to the first-ever Speedmaster, the CK2915-1 of 1957 – inside and out.

In 1957, as part of a trilogy of watches, Omega launched the Speedmaster, its vision of a racing chronograph. Alongside this watch were two other professional models, the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster. But the Speedmaster will always have a place of choice, since it later became the first watch worn on the Moon. But for now, let’s remember the earliest days of this watch, and mostly the design of the CK2915-1. The main characteristic of this model was to have, for the first time, the tachymeter scale printed on an external bezel, and not on the dial. What makes the 2915 unique is the combination of the symmetrical case with straight lugs, the Calibre 321 running inside, the brushed steel bezel and the Broad-Arrow hands.

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.
The new Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold and the historic CK2915-1

All of these elements are now brought back with faithfulness, but in a far more luxurious package than before, with the new Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold. Contrary to the 60th-anniversary edition, which was an almost one-to-one reproduction of the CK2915-1, at least visually, the Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus takes some liberties regarding the materials, but compensate inside with a reproduction of the historic movement.

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Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.

Marking the 65th anniversary of the Speedmaster’s introduction, and based on the Calibre 321 watch, this new model is different from the steel model in many, many aspects. First, its case is made of 18k Canopus Gold, Omega’s proprietary white gold alloy – known for its shine and durability. The case is here shaped and sized like the 2915, with a 38.6mm diameter for about 14mm in height. It respects the look and finish too, with a combination of brushed and polished surfaces, a circular brushed bezel in gold, straight lugs and angular shape. The external tachymeter scale is here obtained thanks to black grand feu enamel and features the historical display with dot over ninety (DON) and a dot diagonal to seventy.

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.

The Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold is equipped with a sapphire crystal, a concession to modernity yet designed to mimic the classic Hesalite look. It features pump pushers and a NAIAD symbol on the watch’s crown, and the water-resistance is rated at 60 metres.

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.

The element that most differentiate this version from the historic model or anything currently produced in the Speedmaster collection is the dial. Indeed, the Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus features a dial made of black Onyx, resulting in a luxurious, glossy and pitch-black contrast. It is equipped with applied indexes and hands, of course broad-arrow-shaped, made of white gold with a Canopus Gold PVD treatment and the three classic Speedmaster subdials including a small seconds display, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder. An ode to the past, it comes with the vintage applied Ω logo and typography featuring an oval O for the Omega logo – something unique to the CK2915. All the elements are filled with luminous material, in white for a more modern look.

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.

The sapphire caseback also comes with a few unique features. It is engraved with the classic Seahorse and its eye has been made from a sparkling blue sapphire, a precious jewel that traditionally marks a 65-year celebration. Underneath is the superb Calibre 321, a reproduction of the historic Lemania-based movement that equipped early Speedmaster models. The movement, assembled by hand in a dedicated atelier, shows not only the exact same design and finish, but is also mechanically identical, with only minor updates. The movement still runs at 18,000 vibrations/hour but now has a 55-hour power reserve. The classic architecture with column wheel and horizontal clutch has been retained too.

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.

Finally, to remain consistent with the historical look, this new Speedmaster Calibre 321 is worn on a 19mm flat link bracelet in Canopus Gold, which is brushed and polished and features a folding clasp with security push-buttons and comfort release adjustment system.

Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold 311.

Availability & Price

The Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold (ref. 311. is delivered in a special, large-sized wooden box. It is not a limited edition but its production will be rather confidential, due to the hand-made movement, the luxurious materials and the price. Talking about this, it will require EUR 80,000 (incl. 20% VAT) or CHF 75,000 (excl. taxes).

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5 responses

  1. Start the year as you mean to go on, with Monochrome again having the inside track and first article on a new Omega Speedmaster. Well done Monochrome. While this watch is extremely interesting the materials and the use of the Cal.321 make the price prohibitive for many. I would be intrigued to know if Monochrome Watches have any ideas, speculations or “leaks” as to whether Omega may offer the 1957 CK2915 design in stainless steel with the Cal.3861 movement as part of a new “1957 Trilogy 65th Anniversary”? My suspicion is that Omega may offer a new 1957 Trilogy 65th Anniversary set of limited editions including the Seamaster CK2913, (this time with a ceramic Liquidmetal bezel (countdown, as opposed to the 2017 version count up, the 2017 release was planned to have a Liquidmetal bezel but production issues prohibited it and it came with an aluminum bezel instead), a CK2914 Railmaster (this time with the manual winding Cal.8910 movement as the original also had a manual wind movement), and the CK2915 Speedmaster. Hopefully all in stainless steel and all with tapering bracelets with the new style slimmer Omega clasp.

  2. @SPQR – Thanks for the nice words. Regarding your question, we don’t know anything regarding a steel version with the 3861 calibre. And same goes for the trilogy… But know that Omega apparently doesn’t do limited editions anymore.

  3. A very plain design that no one would recognize its hefty price tag! At least they should have put some striking color in the dial to make it worth that ridiculous price.

  4. The watch is nice, the price is ridiculous – should probably cost 1/3 of it. I’ve got my platinum VC CdV for less than that))

  5. Beautiful watch, stunning materials, lovely craftsmanship, ugly price.


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