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Why Rolex Makes Their Own Alloys

Just like Omega (click here to read the full article on Omega’s alloys), Rolex also makes their own unique and patented alloys. Rolex even took it a step further. While Omega has their own unique combinations, Rolex even has their own foundry, where they physically make their own alloys with their own precious metals. Rolex doesn’t just assemble watches, they melt their own metal and make their own gold.

Today, we are going to find out which unique alloys come out of Rolex’s foundry.

 

 

Rolex Cellini Everose Gold

Everose gold

Everose is an exclusively patented rose gold alloy that is used on all the modern rose gold watches of the Rolex line-up. The alloy was introduced in 2005, and has been a huge success ever since.

Everose was developed for the same reason Omega developed Sedna gold. Rose gold is partially made of copper, and copper can fade over time. This phenomenon is sped up if the material touches salt water. Given that the 126655 Yachtmaster is a rose gold watch designed for racing yachts at sea, I’d say that the odds of the watch touching salt water are pretty big.

When you add platinum to this alloy, the red glow will never fade, and the watch will always keep its rich red color.

 

Rolesor

Rolesor is Rolex’s take on gold, and shows why Rolex is a pioneer. Omega patented its first alloy in 2013, Rolex patented Rolesor in 1933, and has been using Rolesor ever since.

White Rolesor is an alloy of Oystersteel and white gold. Yellow Rolesor is an alloy of Oystersteel and yellow gold. Combining the precious metals with Oystersteel makes the material much stronger and more robust than regular 18k gold. A smart move, since Rolex offers most of their sports watches in precious metals. You can’t market yourself as the leader in sports watches and use regular soft yellow gold that’s prone to scratches and dents. Sharp edges like a fluted bezel would be made dull in a matter of days if the bezel would be made from regular softer gold.

 

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How Do Anti-Magnetic Watches Work?

Whether you like it or not, we are surrounded by magnets. The device you are using to read this exact article is filled with magnets. It doesn’t matter if you read this on a laptop, your phone or your tablet. You could of course print out this article and read it on paper, but your printer also contains magnets, so that defeats the purpose.

Magnets mean bad news for watches, since the movement of your automatic watch is usually made out of steel. It’s irrelevant if your watch has the price of a pair of sneakers, the price of a small car or the price of a large house, most of them are made out of steel.

This can cause a problem, since steel is magnetic. If your balance wheel isn’t balanced, it won’t keep good time, that’s no rocket science.

 

 

Omega Seamaster Chronometer 160000 Gauss

Why Was This Invented?

You might think that anti-magnetic watches were specifically designed to protect your watch from household-electromagnets, like speakers and laptops. In fact, the concept of anti-magnetic watches have been around longer than household electromagnetic devices have.

Rolex introduced the first antimagnetic watch, the Milgauss, in 1956. The watch was developed for engineers who worked in power plants and around factories with high electromagnetic fields. The Scientists of the CERN in Geneva all wore Rolexes, because the Milgauss was the only watch that they were able to wear during their job in the 1950’s. Keep in mind that in the fifties, a Rolex was used as a tool watch, not as a piece of jewelry.

Rolex was the first to tackle this problem, but ever since, there have been many changes and upgrades over the years.

 

Two Different Approaches

Today, there are two different ways to tackle magnetism in watches:

The first way is to protect the entire movement. This can be done by shielding the whole movement with a magnetically permeable material. Usually soft iron is used. The soft iron can be easily magnetized, but doesn’t contain the magnetism. Once the magnetic field leaves, the material will cease to be magnetic. This way, the soft iron shell protects the movement.

The second method is more modern. This approach is to remove all vulnerable parts, and change them with nonferrous materials that can’t be magnetized. Removing all vulnerable parts is the literal version of the saying ‘better safe than sorry’. An iron-nickel alloy has been used the last few decades. The most recent improvement in the field of anti-magnetic balance springs is silicone. This has been the best and most efficient solution so far.

 

From Pioneer To Has-Been

Rolex was the first to explore the field of antimagnetic watches. The Milgauss had some seriously impressive stats in 1956. Notice the key words, ‘in 1956’. The Milgauss was resistant to 1000 gauss. You could have guessed that from the name Milgauss, because mille means 1000 in French, and Gauss is a measurement of magnetic induction. Today, models like the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra have ratings up to 15.000 gauss. Looks like Rolex is still stuck in the fifties.

 

Why Omega Makes Their Own Alloys

Back in the day, gold was reserved for dress watches. Only businessmen had the guts to wear gold watches on their suits. Wearing a gold watch on a sweater and jeans would have been like wearing a wetsuit at a business meeting.

Today, gold has become more casual. More and more brands offer gold watches in their line-up. This also means that brands have to go the extra mile to offer ‘special’ gold watches, so they don’t become the a dime in a dozen. That’s why certain brands focus on developing their own precious metals.

Today, we are going to focus on Omega, a brand who has been using and developing their own unique alloys for years. Is making your own unique combinations worth the effort, or is it just clever marketing? Let’s find out.

 

 

Omega Seamaster Sedna Gold

Sedna Gold

Sedna gold is an 18k rose gold alloy patented by Omega, and (almost) exclusively used by them since 2013. The material has a unique reddish glow, and can be found over the entire Omega lineup.

Traditional rose gold is usually created by mixing yellow gold, silver and copper. The only downside is that the copper atoms at the surface lose their glow over time, which means that the reddish glow from traditional rose gold is sensible to fading. In short: it loses its bling.

Omega claims to have solved that issue by switching from silver to palladium. This makes the alloy slightly more pricy (palladium is more than 100x more expensive than silver per gram), but this gives the alloy a resistance to fading. The reddish glow should remain over time without fading away. Compared to Rolex’s Everose, the Sedna gold feels much ‘redder’ and darker. The shade almost leans to the color of copper.

Even though Sedna gold is exclusively for Omega, Blancpain had the permission to release a Sedna gold Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in 2015. Omega and Blancpain both belong to the Swatch Group.

 

Moonshine

Moonshine is Omega’s brand new kind of yellow gold, and was introduced in the 50th anniversary Apollo 11 Speedmaster in 2019. Moonshine is made of gold, copper, silver and palladium. This results in a unique alloy that’s much more durable than 18k yellow gold, but with a softer shade compared to regular gold. The color is developed to represent the moon’s soft yellow glow.

 

Canopus

Canopus is Omega’s approach on white gold. Canopus is a mixture of 75% gold and 20% palladium with small parts platinum and small parts rhodium. The alloy is known for its durability and high brilliance, and can be found on the 2021 Canopous Speedmaster.

 

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The Zenith 'El Primero'

The Zenith ‘El Primero’ was manufactured for the first time in 1969. And the watch turned to be an exceptional chronograph. Why? The ‘El primero’ was in that time the world’s first automatic, high-frequency watch and it was equipped with a chronograph function.

 

 

Zenith El Primero

Zenith

The tall, narrow building in Le Locle, with close-up high windows to reveal the daylight, demonstrates Zenith's history as independent manufacturing in the enterprising spirit of the industrial revolution. The company, set up in 1865 by George Favre-Jacot as a watch assembly workshop, has made and distributed every watch type, from the simple pocket watch to the most complicated calendar.

After Zenith was sold to the LVMH Group in 1999, the label was thoroughly dusted and perhaps modified a little too much. With eccentric creations, this obsessive watchmaker of all watchmakers suddenly found itself in the shining world of the ‘Haute Horlogerie’. For the 150th anniversary of the company in 2015, their historic building in Le Locle was also dusted. And their beautiful workplace was incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2009. In the building there are more than eighty different crafts. New materials and new machines may be used, but faith in tradition remains one of the most important features of the brand with the star. That is the course set by Jean-Frédéric Dufour during the recession, followed by his successor Aldo Magada, who goes on the circuit and even in the stratosphere to demonstrate the character and style of the company's products. .

 

El Primero

This Zenith ‘El Primero’ was above all the most precise as it was the only chronograph capable of measuring stop times to the nearest tenth of a second, not to mention its exceptional beauty. Zenith introduced a special kind of aesthetic which remains Zenith’ signature for all ‘El Primero’s’ to this day. The ‘El Primero’ has an iconic caliber inside an attractive chronograph and has the perfect size for your wrist.

The primero is the first chronograph around the wrist with automatic winding technique and a frequency of 36,000 vibration per hour. Only few watchmakers had ever ventured to such a high vibration frequency - and none of them with a complication like the integrated chronograph mechanism and the two-sided exciting rotor of the ‘El Primero’. However, the fact that this caliber has gained its fiftieth birthday is due to the revival of the mechanical watch.

 

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5 things you didn't know about Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer is one of the most well-known names in horology. Even though they don’t carry the prestige of a brand like Rolex or Patek Philippe, they are a name that people know and recognize, whether they are into horology or not.

Tag Heuer gets most of its brand awareness from their involvement in motorsport. They are a big sponsor in Formula 1, Formula E (electric F1), indie 500, motocross, WTTCC and endurance racing. It’s fair to say that they have dipped their toe and glued their logo on almost every major motorsport event available.

Below, you can find 5 things you didn’t know about Tag Heuer.

 

 

Tag Heuer Monaco

Tag And Heuer Used To Be Two Different Companies

Heuer made watches, Tag was (and is) a private holding company. Tag stands for ‘Techniques d'Avant Garde’.

Heuer Watch Company was acquired by the Tag Group in 1985. From that day, Tag decided to merge both brand names and display both names on the dial. This is why you only see the name ‘Heuer’ on watches older than 1985.

The subsidiary was bought by the LVMH group in 1999 for $740 million.

 

Heuer Used To Be An Olympic Timekeeper.

While Omega currently wears the Olympic crown with pride, Heuer used to be the Olympic timekeeper in the 1920’s. The watches were used during the Antwerp, Amsterdam and Paris Olympics after the first World War. Back then, Heuer made some of the most accurate timepieces available.

 

First Swiss Watch In Space

If you think about ‘space watches’, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch should be the first name that pops in your head. A little known fact is that Heuer was even earlier to the party. In 1962, the Mercury ‘Friendship 7’ mission left earth. Astronaut on board John Glenn flew around our precious little planet three times, while having a Heuer 2915A stopwatch on his wrist.

Since this was a simple stopwatch, it didn’t have a strap. A custom elastic strap was made especially for this stopwatch, and was placed over his space suit.

 

Where Does The Name ‘Autavia’ Come From?

The Autavia is one of the most popular and respected models of the brand. It’s a wildly respected watch among collectors and aficionado’s, and the particular model has claimed a whole niche to itself.

But where does this name come from? Autavia comes from a mix of two French words: Auto (car) and aviation (airplanes). Stick them together and you have Autavia. Simple as that!

 

How Steve McQueen Made The Monaco A Legendary Watch.

The Monaco is one of Tag Heuer’s famous and most recognizable watches. The square case was made famous by non-other than actor and legend Steve McQueen. McQueen wore a Monaco in the 1971 movie ‘Le Mans’. McQueen even picked this watch himself, because he thought it would look the part.

McQueen also wore a ‘Chronograph Heuer’ badge on his racing suit. Any round watch would have gone unnoticed in the movie, but the extravagant square shape of the Monaco made it easy for fans to spot and adore this remarkable timepiece.

 

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5 Watches with rubber straps to kick off the summer

With spring starting, we can already start daydreaming about summer. Short sleeves, swimming trunks, and steel bracelets that suddenly feel way too tight on the wrist.

High temperatures can make your wrist swell, so your trusted steel bracelet suddenly feels like a tight handcuff chocking your wrist. Swapping to leather might not be the best idea, since sweat and sunscreen can stain your leather. A Nato-strap sounds like a good alternative, but not every watch looks as good on a Nato.

How can we solve this life threatening first world problem? Rubber!

Today, we are going to look at 5 summer watches with rubber straps you should look into.

 

 

Omega Speedmaster 300M Rubber Strap

Bell & Ross BR05

The BR05 is one of the latest and biggest releases Bell and Ross has released in the last few years.

Even though it’s a relatively new model (introduced in 2019), the design team of Bell and Ross hasn’t sat on their hands so far. The BR05 line already has an impressive collection of watches. The integrated rubber strap is why this watch deserves a place on the list.

You get to pick between time only or chronograph, skeletonized or regular dial, steel bracelet or rubber strap, and a range of colors and case materials.

The BR05 brings impressive new elements to the table, while still carrying strong Bell and Ross DNA.

 

Omega Seamaster 300M

The Omega Seamaster 300M might be one of the most versatile watches on this list. Not because of its functions (it only features time and date), but because of the looks. While rubber mostly looks very sporty and casual, this curved rubber strap gives the Seamaster a very classy vibe. Don’t believe me? James Bond wears this Seamaster 300M on a rubber strap while sporting a tuxedo.

 

Panerai Submersible

The Panerai Submersible is a fascinating watch. It’s a rugged sports watch without compromising the strong Panerai DNA. It’s without a doubt the sportiest watch on this list. Over the years, Panerai has released dozens of variations, all with different dials and interesting case materials. Submersibles also always come with the classic Panerai rubber strap, that’s why they deserve their place on this list.

 

Hublot Big Bang

Hublot, you either love them or hate them. The Big Bang might not be the classiest watch to wear under a suit, but it’s not impossible either. The Big Bang is definitely a great summer watch if you want to get noticed.

Up to last year, you could only get Big Bangs on rubber straps. Quite a ballsy move from Hublot to only offer their key model on an integrated rubber strap. This is exactly why Hublot deserves its place on the list.

 

Breitling Chronomat GMT

The Breitling Chronomat GMT proves to be an excellent holiday companion.

The Chronomat has 200m water resistance and a rubber strap, making it the perfect companion to sip cold brewski’s by the pool. The GMT comes in handy if you want to check the time at home, so you can mock your friends who aren’t on holiday and send them annoying pictures of you with a cold beverage or your feet in the sand. Always fun to do, never fun to receive.

 

Modern Rolex Nicknames you NEED to know

Reference numbers are boring and long. If you ever meet someone who says ‘Hey, check out my new 210.30.42.20.01.00’ instead of ‘Hey, check out my new Omega‘, run away from them. No one likes a show off.

Because a brand like Rolex has had about a gazillion different variations of Submariners and GMT-Masters over the years, people came up with nicknames to make it more easy to talk about a certain model. Below, you will find the most important and most used nicknames for modern Submariners and GMT-Masters. Did you already know them all?

 

 

Rolex Pepsi

Pepsi (BLRO)

The Pepsi has to the first one on the list without a doubt. The Pepsi might be one of the most famous & recognizable Rolex models ever made. They were a huge hit in 1955 when they came out, and they are just as popular today.

The Pepsi has had many different evolutions and reference numbers over the years, but they always have one thing in common, the letters BLRO at the end. BLRO stands for Bleu-Rouge, what means blue-red (the colors of the bezel) in French.

Next to the latest stainless steel version, there is also is a white gold model with blue dial, black dial and meteorite dial.

 

Batman (BLNR)

If you have only watched the most recent Batman movies, this name won’t make any sense to you. The nickname Batman represents the blue& black color combination on the bezel, while modern Batman wears a black suit with a gold belt. The name is linked to the Batman from the comics, where he wore a black/grey suit with a blue cape.

The original Batman (ref 116710BLNR) was introduced in 2013 and discontinued in 2018. The next year, successor 126710BLNR was introduced. The new model had roughly the same design with some small updates and a Jubilee bracelet. Some call it the Batgirl, others cringe heavily at that name.

 

Kermit-Hulk-Cermit (Or Starbucks)

These are the 3 generations of the Submariner LV series. Not LV as in Louis Vuitton, but as in lunette vert, translating to green bezel in French.

The original Kermit (ref 16610LV) was the first Submariner with a green bezel, released for the 50th anniversary of the Submariner in 2003. The bezel was made from aluminum.

The Hulk came later, and wore the reference number 116610LV. This Submariner had a ceramic bezel, sunburst green dial (compared to the black dial of the Kermit) and much beefier case. The Hulk was introduced in 2010 discontinued in 2020.

The Cermit (Ceramic Kermit, get it?) or Starbucks (because the watch looks like the Starbucks logo) is a mix of both watches. It was released in 2020, and carries features of both the Kermit and the Hulk: a green ceramic bezel but with a black dial.

 

Smurf (LB)

The Smurf is...you might have guessed it.. Blue. The first Smurf (116619LB) is known for its white gold case and bracelet, and its blue dial and blue ceramic bezel. Fans have been begging for a blue Submariner with steel case for years, but Rolex keeps this color for precious metals. The fans got some hope in 2020 when a blue bezel-black dial Submariner render was leaked. Could it happen, a steel& blue Submariner? At the release, it quickly became clear that the new model, the 126619LB, also had a full white gold case and bracelet. Looks like the fans need to have a bit more patience.

 

Root Beer (CHNR)

The Root Beer has been around for a long time, and came back not so long ago. This model has also had quite a lot of different variations since its release in the sixties, but all of the reference numbers ended with CHNR: Chocolat-Noir.

The Root Beer always has a brown& black color combination on the bezel of a GMT-master. It was first introduced in the sixties, and was re-introduced in 2018 on the two tone 126711CHNR and rose gold 126715CHNR.

 

Coke

The Coke has been out of production for years, so it’s technically not a ‘modern’ Rolex. Fans have been rooting for the return with a ceramic bezel for years. A ‘Coke’ is the nickname for a GMT Master with red and black bezel. Current available colors are red& blue, blue& black and brown& black. There is a good chance that Rolex will bring back the famous red& black combination on a future GMT master.

 

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Why Snoopy deserves his place on the Omega Speedmaster

Snoopy and Omega have always had a very close and interesting connection. So far, Omega has released 3 different Snoopy editions, each one more impressive and more sought after than the last one.

But why? Why does a titan like Omega put a cartoon character on their dials, and why Snoopy? Why not the Simpsons or Garfield? (Off the record, how cool does a Garfield Speedy sound!)

Timex also uses Snoopy on their watches. Is there a link between Omega and Timex, or is this a mere coincidence? Let’s find out!

 

 

Omega Speedmaster Snoopy

Why is he on there?

The Snoopy on the Omega watches doesn’t represent the cartoon figure, but it represents the prestigious Snoopy award. The Snoopy on Timex has nothing to do with this award, they just want to make funny looking watches.

Omega received the ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ from NASA in 1970, the highest honor one can receive while working on a space program. The award is only given to a NASA employee, supplier or individual who has delivered an outstanding effort or contribution for space exploration. Omega received the honor because of the events that occurred at the Apollo 13 mission.

Mid-flight, an oxygen tank of the Apollo 13 capsule exploded. This explosion knocked out most of the electrical supplies on board. The astronauts lost most of their navigation equipment, and the blast blew them way off course. In other words: they were floating in space with no idea where they were going. This is where their Omega watches played a big role. All their electrical equipment and radars were down, but the mechanical gears in their hand-wound Speedmasters worked just fine.

The crew used their chronograph to time the ignition of the rockets to get the capsule back on the right course. This was a tricky job, since overtiming or under timing would result into the crew missing earth and flying into eternity. Once the crew was close to earth, the chronograph was once again used to time the ignition of the rockets to slow them down.

The astronauts all got out without a scratch, all thanks to their Omega Speedmasters.

Because of the important role Omega played during this unfortunate event, Nasa gave Omega a Silver Snoopy award to recognize the importance of the Speedmaster, especially on the Apollo 13 mission.

So far, Omega has released three Snoopy editions to celebrate and commemorate their award and the role they played in saving the mission and the astronauts’ lives. Which one is your favorite?

 

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What It Takes To Be A Good Watch Ambassador

Being a watch ambassador might seem like a dream job. You receive great watches for free, and you just have to wear them, that’s it. Pose for a few pictures and go on with your day and free timepiece.

Having your brand on the wrist of an athlete or celebrity might not be as easy as it sounds. A good ambassador can introduce your brand to millions of new potential customers, but a bad ambassador can really hurt your precious name. Let’s find out how brands should pick ambassadors, and how they certainly shouldn’t pick them.

It’s important to have a brand ambassador who actually likes your products. That might sound like pure logic, but it’s actually harder than it sounds.

 

 

Tom Brady IWC Ambassador

How it should be done

Let’s start with the topic of the month, legendary quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is an American football quarterback player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is considered one of the best American football players to have ever existed. Brady and his team have been all over the news for the last few days, since he won his 7th Super Bowl on February 7th, an unseen record. He is the first player in history to win 7 Superbowl rings.

Brady has also been an important IWC brand ambassador since 2019. Brady was often spotted wearing IWC watches before he was ambassador, watches he paid full retail price for. He was often seen wearing an IWC Portugieser he received from his wife, and his all-time favorite, the black Top Gun Pilots watch. It was only logical for IWC to approach him and make him the face of the brand, since Brady already had much affinity for IWC.

Since we are talking about IWC, we have to mention Lewis Hamilton. Brady is the all-time best American Football player, Hamilton is the all-time best Formula 1 driver. That’s just by looking at the numbers.

Hamilton is a big IWC fan as well. Hamilton has a big IWC collection, as well as a few unique pieces he proudly wears. He only wears IWC, even in his free time, and even if his contract doesn’t obligate him to do so.

That’s how you build loyalty, and brand loyalty the best publicity money can’t buy.

Hamilton even has a IWC printed on his racing gloves, so it always looks like he is wearing a watch, even mid race.

 

How It Should NOT Be Done

Daniel Craig is an Omega Ambassador (technically James Bond is, but you get the point), and yet Daniel wears northing but Rolex in his free time. Craig only wears Omega on Omega-sponsored events, and takes his watch off when the event is over. Not a valuable ambassador if you ask me.

Christiano Ronaldo is another horrible example. Ronaldo is ambassador for both Tag Heuer and Jacob & Co, already a bad idea if you ask me.

If you look a lavish individual like Ronaldo, a player who earns around €50 million (including sponsorships) a year and only drives Bugatti’s and flies in his private jets, would you associate that individual with €2000 dive watches (like the Tag Aquaracer), or with multi million euro diamond covered tourbillons? Exactly!

Ronaldo is often spotted wearing different million euro Jacob & Co’s and often hangs out with the brand’s founder, Jacob The Jeweler. Meanwhile, Ronaldo never wears a Tag Heuer, unless his sponsorship contact forces him to. Is that really how you want to profile your brand?

 

Professional Moonwatch Vs Regular Speedmaster, What’s The Difference?

The Speedmaster might be one of the most iconic chronographs ever made. I would even go a step further and say that it’s one of the most well-known and most popular watches available.

The Speedmaster jumped to mainstream success when NASA selected the watch for their first mission to the moon, the Apollo 11 mission. The watch has been widely popular ever since.

 

 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

2021 brought us a new Speedmaster Professional with many impressive and even more hidden upgrades. The Speedmaster has had many variations and countless limited and special editions over time, but the Professional has always been a fan favorite.

The Speedmaster Pro is the modern iteration of the watch that was worn on Apollo 11 in 1969. The Professional is often referred to as the Moonwatch, but what makes a Pro a Pro?

All Moonwatches are Speedmaster, but not all Speedmasters are Moonwatches. What’s the difference, and what should we look for?

 

Pro=Better?

Let’s make one thing clear: despite what the name claims, the Pro is not ‘better’ than any other Speedmaster, nor is a regular version ‘worse’ than a Pro.

The Pro is based on the original Moonwatch, and is usually slightly larger than other models. Other models of the Speedmaster follow their own philosophy, while still carrying the very visible Speedmaster DNA.

The biggest difference is in the movement and the crystal. Most modern Speedmasters have an automatic movement and a sapphire crystal, the pro has a hand wound movement and a hesalite or sapphire crystal.

‘But an automatic movement is more convenient than a hand wound movement, and a sapphire crystal is way stronger than hesalite, why does the Pro have these features?’ The reason why is simple: the original Speedmaster that went to the moon had a hand wound movement and a hesalite crystal. The Die-Hard-Moonwatch fans only want to wear the closest thing to the original. Even though a hand wound movement requires more work and hesalite can break more easily, this watch is made for the true enthusiasts.

The true enthusiasts got some great news in 2020. Caliber 321 was the movement that powered the Speedmaster that was approved by NASA. Sadly, Omega discontinued the legendary caliber after 1969.

In 2020, Omega announced that the new professional models will be powered with a modern, updated caliber 321. This means that the enthusiasts can finally get a real modern take on their beloved watch, closer to the 1969 original than ever.

 

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