Omega's New Speedmaster is the latest in Vintage Vogue
It is inevitable that the past casts a long shadow over something as retro as the watch industry, whose survival today may be seen as anachronistic, and in which little has gone. of the most important historical designs ever. Patek Phillipe's Nautilus, for example, watches are currently so hot that steel versions with a retail price of £ 26,870 ($ 36,512) are trading at $ 100,000 more than this, with a design almost unchanged from 1974; Calatrava dress watches of the same brand date back to 1932.
On the other hand, a growing old market, expanding scholarship and awareness among online communities, and an ongoing desire for retro that generates new versions of everything from old - school game consoles and analog synths to classic cars recreated down to the last engine. rivet, creating an increasingly richer landscape for emblems to plunder the archives. As the following retro models prove.
Omega Speedmaster 321 Canopus Gold
Most familiar with the Speedmaster as the watch that went to the moon by NASA astronauts, but it started as a motor sports watch back in 1957. This version goes back to that original 1957 model, though in superdeluxe form: The case is in Canopus gold (particularly clear white gold alloy Omega) rather than steel, and the dial is cut from black onyx.
But in this case, the real gameplay is the movement (the mechanical "engine" that powers the watch) inside it. Three years ago, Omega reverted its 1969 hand-made hand injury move, Caliber 321, to production (very limited), holding a special workshop in its high-tech factory for collecting by hand in the old school style.
Caliber 321 powered the Speedmasters on Apollo astronauts in the 1960s and early 1970s (including lunar landings), and holds a special place of respect among enthusiasts and enthusiasts. gathering. This is just the third modern watch in which it is: retro on the outside, even more so on the inside, but with a juicy modern price tag of $ 81,000. One glimmer of hope is that, if we thought it promising, we would invest in Omega at some point in releasing a more affordable steel version of this piece.
Original Zenith Chronomaster
Unlike Omega's Caliber 321, Zenith's historic chronograph movement, the El Primero, did not go out of production: Introduced in 1969, it was the first self-winding chronograph (watch with stop-action function). watch), and has always been the backbone of Zenith watchmaking. oir. It was also used by Rolex in the 1990s. El Primero is a very modern engine today, but Zenith has been playing on the original with a series of retro - inspired models.