Up-date with a re-cap of facts and details: Omega to relaunch Cal 321.
Here briefly some of the facts:
- the new cal 321 has been reverse engineered by having put the watch of Gene Cernan into a CT scanner
- the watch that Gene Cernan wore during the Apollo 17 Mission was a ref. 105.003 with the second generation cal. 321
- the project to recreate the new cal. 321 was called internally "Alaska 11"
- the new 321 will be an identical reproduction of the original 321, i.e. no MEATS certification etc.
- the only difference is the "Copper colored" parts have been PVD plated with Sedna Gold (as the original Copper plated pars were discoloring over time)
- the new cal. 321 will be entirely produced in-house in Biel/Bienne. This is a novelty, currently all other movements come pre-assembled into the new factory
- all cal. 321 and all watches with the cal. 321 inside will be assembled in the "artisan" way, i.e. one watchmaker will assemble the entire movement and watch (dedicated, separate workshop)
- due to the nature of this production process, Omega will only be able to produce a (relatively) small number of cal. 321 and of watches with the 321 inside per year
- the new cal. 321 will not be a "limited edition" Concept
- the new cal. 321 will not be introduced with the 50 years Apollo 11 special edition that is expected for 2019
- the new cal. 321 will be launched in a Special Chronograph watch Edition; it will be something in gold. It will most probably be something "limited" at launch