Except if absent from the surface of the Earth for the last couple of months, all watch enthusiasts are now aware of the fact that Omega has launched a new version of its all-time classic chronograph, the Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional. More than just a basic update, the brand has changed almost everything in this 2021 edition but since we’re talking about an iconic model, the changes are subtle and perfectly controlled… You don’t mess with a cult watch! After going in-depth with the evolutions in this article, we also had the chance to have the watches in front of our camera, so here’s a video review of both the sapphire and hesalite 2021 Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Master Chronometer.
The Speedmaster is a crucial watch for Omega, being one of the most enduring collections and a watch that is recognized by the watch community as a true icon. Its fan-base is huge and demanding, leaving no space for errors. As such, Omega was not allowed to make the slightest mistake when updating its best-seller, the classic version of its Space-approved chronograph, the “standard” Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional. As such, we were somehow expecting the movement to be updated with the brand’s latest technologies – co-axial and Master Chronometer certification – which the brand did. But we also thought the Omega would retain most of the elements of the habillage intact… which they didn’t.
Indeed, while still being immediately recognizable as a Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional, the new 2021 collection changes everything. Almost no part is shared between this Master Chronometer version and the previous edition with calibre 1861. The case has been slightly redesigned, being slightly thinner and more compact, for improved comfort. This update is combined with a brand new bracelet that, once again, focuses both on style and ergonomics, with a thinner clasp and overall profile, more flexibility and different end-links that provide a shorter lug-to-lug feeling.
But that’s not all. In fact, Omega is bringing a discreet but appreciated vintage flair in this collection, making the new Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional closer to the original Professional watch, the 1964 reference ST105.012. This means a bezel insert with famed DON, a step-dial with multiple details that recalls historic watches and some corrections (the second track) for better visual accuracy. As it used to be in the past, the watch is still available on a historically-relevant synthetic crystal with solid steel caseback, and on a so-called sapphire sandwich version with see-through caseback. And, as you’ll see in the video, there are now more differences between these two editions.
Of course, the most important update doesn’t concern the looks but the mechanics, with the introduction in a standard model (not a limited or a special edition) of the modern calibre 3861. Replacing the venerable calibre 1861 (with an architecture that goes back to the late 1960s…) this new movement is still relying on the same base but comes with all of Omega’s technologies, meaning a co-axial escapement, silicon parts for antimagnetic properties, a stop-seconds mechanism and, finally, it is now chronometer-certified – and approved by METAS with magnetic-resistance of 15,000-gauss. Furthermore, the decoration has been upgraded and the movement really looks stunning – when you opt for a sapphire version, of course.
For all the details on the new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Master Chronometer, take a closer look at the video on top of this article, so you’ll see what this watch looks like in the metal. You can also check our in-depth review here that list every single update that the brand has done on the watch. Enjoy watching!
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