In 2007, Omega praised the 50th commemoration of the Speedmaster family. As I would see it, there is one exceptional individual from this gathering that is again and again disregarded. Perhaps reference 311. is evaded for its veneer dial. Possibly it’s down to its F. Piguet based 3201 development. Whatever the reason for its past disregard, it’s no time like the present it got a touch more attention.

And, as I would see it, it merits it. Not just on account of the commemorative character of the watch but since of the polish dial, hand-wound Omega type 3201, and, to wrap things up, its amazing introduction box.

Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary (2007)

In 2007, Omega presented two Speedmaster models that commemorated the 50th commemoration of their popular chronograph. The most noticeable of the pair is the Moonwatch 50th commemoration. Limited to 5,957 pieces ( we expounded on it on Fratello here ), it is associated with the brilliant Seahorse on the dial. At that point, there’s the form we have here with the finish dial and the Omega type 3201 development. Truth be told, the model was accessible in yellow, red, and white gold, limited to 57 bits of each, and in tempered steel, limited to 1,957 units. Formally, Omega incorporated the ‘Moonwatch’ in the model name of the Omega Speedmaster 50th commemoration reference 311. There are unquestionably a great deal of likenesses with the Moonwatch. Let’s have a nearer look.

Moonwatch Case

At first sight, this Speedmaster 50th commemoration from 2007 may show up as the customary Moonwatch 3570.50 (or the ludicrously long number it has today). Maybe you didn’t even notification it yourself when seeing the cover picture of this article. There are a couple of giveaways however. Albeit the 42mm case and arm band style is equivalent to the Moonwatch, the dial and imprinting on the dial are different.

First, you will see that there’s a number on the dial, which is the extraordinary number of the limited version. Yet, you will likewise discover the Omega logo and phrasing to be marginally unique. The Omega logo is very huge and in a vintage style. The wordmark is additionally in a more seasoned style and you will discover the word ‘Professional’ missing from the dial. Talking about which, the dial is made of polish. Likewise fascinating, the 13mm thick case is water-impervious to 100 meters. That is fundamentally better compared to the 30 meters water-obstruction offered by the standard Moonwatch.

Omega Caliber 3201

If you turn the watch around, you will quickly see something different is going on also. The watch is fueled by a development that’s not from Omega, or Lémania, but rather F. Piguet. This development is known from a portion of the other Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial watches from the mid 2000s that pre-owned type 3313, alongside some Blancpain chronographs and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronographs, for instance. Those are for the most part self-winding developments, though.

This is a hand-wound form and has the Co-Axial escapement fitted too. This is type 3201, not to be mistaken for the popular 321 development, yet it has a segment wheel system. Other than that, the development is likewise chronometer guaranteed. The rhodium-plated development has a force hold of 52 hours, has a pleasant Côte de Geneve completing on the extensions. Looking into it back, you will discover a few particulars, just as the limited release number and the Omega brand name engraved in the old style. The development has a ticking pace of 28,800vph, which is a lot higher than the 21,600vph of the standard Moonwatch. The smooth range of the seconds hand running against the finish dial background is truly something to behold.

Box and Tools

The box of this Speedmaster 50th commemoration 311. is a piece of craftsmanship all alone. In the wake of eliminating the dark external box, you will locate a wonderful wooden box with great measurements (30cm x 20cm x 20cm) and weight (around 6 kilograms). The watch is on the dark calfskin inside, however as you can see you can lift this part out.

Below, you will locate a wooden plate with watchmaking instruments (screwdrivers, pin remover, a loupe, and so on) and an extra cowhide lash with steel collapsing catch. In the booklet that comes with the watch, you will locate an intensive clarification of the relative multitude of devices you will get with this Speedmaster 50th commemoration model. Typically, puts away end away with me, yet boxes like these merit a conspicuous spot in your office or men cavern at home. Much the same as the polish dial, it is basically beautiful.

Both 50th-commemoration versions from 2007. On the left the gold Seahorse fix release (5957 pieces) and on the privilege the polish dial variant (1957 pieces).

Collector’s Item

This Speedmaster 50th commemoration from 2007 is very much like the typical Moonwatch (sapphire sandwich), yet the subtleties make it a smidgen more unique. The lacquer dial, the vintage Omega logo, and obviously the bundle that comes with it. The treated steel wristband (reference 1957/957) has screws rather than pins, which wasn’t exceptionally common in 2007.

The watch is maybe best portrayed as the extravagance form of the standard Moonwatch (with sapphire). In spite of the fact that when worn on the wrist, no one with the exception of you and a couple of Speedmaster fans will presumably see — genuine covertness extravagance. Costs in the used market differ between €6,200 and generally €10,000, however a full set (box and papers) is certainly worth waiting for as it is important for the involvement in the Speedmaster 50th-commemoration reference 311. These full set forms start at around €7,300 in great condition and approach €10,000 for a never-worn example.