Should not be an illusion, Omega Speedmaster is slowly heating up in China. I’ve met many people wearing Supercars in shopping malls and streets. Some wear the 9300/9900 automatic supercar, some wear the 1861 manual supercar, and some wear the old ETA era supercar. Although the popularity of Speedmaster in the country is certainly not as high as that of hippocampus and constellation, there have been more people concerned. More and more people are interested in Speedmaster. Many people know that Speedmaster is the watch that humans wear when they go to the moon. Many people often ask, which of the supercars on sale is the closest to the supercar that has ever landed on the moon? So today we will talk about this problem.
The popularity of Omega Speedmaster in China has gradually increased.
Who is the Speedmaster on the Moon?
Omega Speedmaster was launched in 1957 and has developed a large number of models, countless. Let me briefly sort out the Speedmaster that was launched from 1957 to 1968. The first human landing on the moon in 1969, and the Speedmaster that landed on the moon in history, is among them.
The first generation of Speedmaster, launched in 1957, features broad sword hands, arrow-shaped hour hands, no shoulder guards, and a 321 manual chronograph movement.
Omega First Speedmaster
The second generation Supercar, launched in 1959, features Alpha hands, no shoulder pads, and uses a 321 manual chronograph movement.
Omega 2nd Generation Speedmaster
The third-generation Supermaster, launched in 1964, features stick-shaped hands, crowns and timing buttons without shoulder guards, and uses a 321 manual timing movement.
Omega 3rd Generation Speedmaster
The fourth-generation supercar, launched in 1967, features stick-shaped hands, shoulders for the crown and timing buttons, and a 321 manual timing movement.
Omega 4th Speedmaster
The above four generations of supercars are the four main supercars of Omega’s 321 manual winding movement. After that, in 1968, Omega launched the Speedmaster using the 861 manual chronograph movement (now the predecessor of the 1861 movement), which has nothing to do with the 321 movement.
The experience of the above four generations of Supermasters is as follows:
The second-generation superpower is the first superpower to enter space. Note that I just took the spacecraft into space and haven’t reached the moon yet.
The third generation of Speedmaster was prepared by NASA for the moon landing. Omega, Rolex, Longines and other chronographs were tested at the same time, and finally the Speedmaster won.
The fourth generation of Speedmaster was the Speedmaster who finally followed the astronauts such as Armstrong on the surface of the moon in 1969.
The fourth generation of Omega Speedmaster (left) is compared to the third generation of Omega Speedmaster (right). Note that the fourth generation has shoulder guards and the third generation does not.
The fourth-generation Speedmaster (using the 321 movement) landed on the moon. The specific situation was that NASA tested the third-generation Speedmaster then, and Omega launched the fourth-generation Speedmaster, so it was provided to Armstrong and others The superpower of the astronaut is the fourth generation. For players who like Speedmaster, there are two models to remember, namely:
105.012 and 145.012
These two watches are the two supercar models that have actually stepped on the moon’s surface in history (both are the fourth-generation supercars). 105.012 is the first Speedmaster to step on the moon’s surface. This watch was worn by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. At that time, Armstrong was the first person to step on the moon’s surface, but he put his superpower in the lunar module and did not wear a watch ( (Because the clock in the lunar module was broken, he left his Supermaster inside). And following Armstrong, the person who stepped out of the cabin to the moon was Buzz Aldrin, and the supercar he was wearing was the ‘fourth-generation supercar’ 105.012. Later, this watch was lost on the way to the museum. If this watch appeared, it would definitely be sky-high.
105.012 in Omega’s fourth-generation Speedmaster.
And when the first human landing on the moon (Apollo 11), in addition to the person who stepped on the moon, there was a person who did not leave the cabin and has been in the lunar module, Michael Collins, who was wearing a super The tyrant is 145.012 (also the fourth generation super tyrant). Therefore, 145.012 did not actually step on the surface of the moon when it first landed on the moon, because it has been in the lunar module. Until later, during the Apollo 14 mission to the moon later, 145.012 was actually worn by the astronauts and landed on the surface of the moon.
145.012 in the Omega 4th generation Speedmaster.
Who is the closest to the ‘lunar watch’ for the supercars on sale?
After the discontinuation of movement 321, Omega introduced the Speedmaster of the 861/1861 movement, and later a large number of various models of Speedmaster. Currently on the market (referring to counters on sale, excluding antique watches), the same superpower as the ‘lunar watch’ in history does not exist (except antique watches).
The Omega 9300 is obviously different from the supercars that have landed on the moon in history. The appearance and movement are very different.
I was very impressed. Someone asked before, which supercar is closest to the ‘lunar watch’ in history now? Some people say that the 9300 Speedmaster is necessarily wrong, and it is misleading. 9300/9900 Speedmaster is Omega’s new coaxial escapement automatic chronograph movement. Historically, the ‘lunar watch’ is a manual movement (calibre 321). It is completely different from the appearance to the movement. In addition, some people proposed that the 1957 replica supercar should be noted that the 1957 replica supercar was the ‘first generation’ superpower, and the ‘fourth generation’ superpower was on the moon. The case and lugs are different in appearance.
At present, the only Speedmaster on the market that is closer to the ‘Moonwatch’ is a manual Speedmaster using the 1861 movement. The official name is the Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ 42mm chronograph, model 318.104.22.168.01.005, public The price is 37200 yuan.
The Omega Speedmaster professional ‘Moonwatch’ 42mm chronograph, model 322.214.171.124.01.005, is currently mass-produced in the Speedmaster, and is closest to the moonwatch, and is also a direct descendant of the moonwatch.
The reason is that the 1861 manual supercar is on sale, which is the orthodox successor model of the ‘lunar watch’ in history. In 1968, the 321 movement was discontinued, and Omega began to use the 861 manual chronograph movement (the predecessor of the 1861 movement, except for individual parts, other consistent). The main change of the 861 movement is that the cylindrical wheel is replaced by a cam, which increases the plywood of the timing part, making the movement more durable. The Speedmaster using the 861 manual chronograph movement inherited the appearance of the ‘lunar watch’, that is, the Speedmaster of the 861 movement continued to use the appearance of the fourth-generation Speedmaster, but only changed the movement. The Speedmaster of the 861 movement was also prepared for the moon landing, but unfortunately, there is no evidence that the speedometer of the 861 movement has landed on the moon. But the superpower of the 861/1861 movement has existed to this day and can be bought at the Omega counter.
Omega 321 (top) compared to Omega 861/1861 (bottom), pay attention to the difference between the column wheel, cam and timing plate.
In addition, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the human landing on the moon (1969 to 2019) and the 50th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster Lunar Landing. Omega has announced that it will re-produce the 321 movement. Omega will definitely make a big move this year, let’s wait and see.