This is certainly not how many people imagined the start of 2021. Swiss watch manufacturer Omega has announced the discontinuation of the Speedmaster Moonwatch on January 5, 2021. We are talking about two specific references here. Why the current Moonwatch models have been taken out of production and whether there will be successors to the references 3188.8.131.52.01.005 and 3184.108.40.206.01.006 will be explained below.
Omega discontinues its current Moonwatch references
In journalism, we often say "Kill your Darlings". This principle, which describes the process of giving up beloved images, text passages or ideas if they don't fit into the overall concept, has meanwhile spread to other industries and, in our case, to the brand Omega, which probably surprised many watch enthusiasts. Hearing the news that the Swiss manufacturer decided to discontinue its signature model, the Speedmaster Moonwatch, caused an uproar in the watch world. Especially with an exemplary and popular model such as the "Moonwatch", these decisions need to be considered carefully. However, the minds behind Omega chose this step wisely and immediately presented a whole series of new Speedmaster Moonwatches to kick off the year 2021 with eight different models.
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH CHRONOGRAPH 3220.127.116.11.01.006
What has changed for the Speedy?Across all models, the heart of the Speedmaster Moonwatch is the Calibre 3861. This new hand-wound calibre comes with a Master Chronometer certification and a magnetic resistance of up to 15,000 gauss, which adds additional prestige to the Speedmaster Moonwatch.
OMEGA CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER KALIBER 3861 (Photo: Omega)
Another innovation relates to the Moonwatch's bezel and will please fans and collectors of rare vintage models: the coveted "Dot Over Ninety" design has made a comeback and is intended to remind us of those vintage models from past times. The watch strap has also been updated and now comes with a slightly different design. At first glance, the new strap looks very similar to the previous models, but a closer look reveals a wider middle section of the individual links. This improves the quality of the bracelet and makes it more comfortable to wear. There is also a newly designed folding clasp on the bracelet of the new Moonwatch models. In addition, interested buyers can still choose between versions with Hesalite or sapphire crystal.
Which Moonwatch references are new?
The Moonwatch version with Hesalite crystal has the reference 310.30.42.50.01.001 and a steel bracelet or the reference 310.32.42.50.01.001 and a new nylon strap, which replaces the former leather strap of the Moonwatch version with Hesalite crystal.
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH PROFESSIONAL 310.32.42.50.01.001 (Photo: Omega)
The sapphire crystal version is similar to the Hesalite crystal version, except that it has a sapphire crystal case back. This version is now available either with the reference 310.30.42.50.01.002 and a stainless steel bracelet or with the reference 310.32.42.50.01.002 and a leather strap.
Omega is also launching two other golden versions of the Moonwatch. The reference 310.60.42.50.01.001 has a case and bracelet in Omega's proprietary Sedna™ gold, while the reference 310.60.42.50.02.001 comes in Canopus™ gold, which is also exclusive to Omega. Both versions can be acquired with a leather strap as well. By the way, the Moonwatch (Ref. 310.60.42.50.02.001) with a silver dial in Canopus™ gold is the first version of the Moonwatch in white gold since 2003.
How much are the new Moonwatch models?The list prices of the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch have also been adjusted so that, according to Omega, the ref. 310.30.42.50.01.001 with Hesalite crystal on a steel bracelet now costs €6,100 and the ref. 310.32.42.50.01.001 with Hesalite crystal on a new nylon bracelet costs €5,800. The sapphire crystal version with the ref. 310.30.42.50.01.002 on a steel bracelet, on the other hand, costs €7,000 and the ref. 310.32.42.50.01.002 on a leather strap retails for €6,700. For comparison, the two discontinued references 318.104.22.168.01.005 and 322.214.171.124.01.006 were priced at €4,900 and €5,700.
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH PROFESSIONAL 310.60.42.50.01.001 & 310.60.42.50.02.001 (Photo: Omega)
It gets even more exciting with the two versions made of 18-carat gold. The Sedna™ gold version on a leather strap is the cheapest watch here with a list price of €24,100, as the identical version in Canopus™ gold comes with a price tag of €29,700. Even more expensive are the versions with a precious metal bracelet. The rose gold ref. 310.60.42.50.01.001 can be purchased in Omega boutiques for €34,100. However, the ref. 310.60.42.50.02.001 can easily top this: As the first white gold Moonwatch for 18 years, this Speedmaster model comes at a price of €44,300.