The Iconic OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Gets a Stellar White Dial Edition

The Iconic OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Gets a Stellar White Dial Edition

THM Desk
6 Mar 2024 |
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For over several decades, OMEGA has been synonymous with adventure, precision, and unwavering excellence in watchmaking. Among their coveted collections, none is more iconic or revered than the Speedmaster Moonwatch. Born in 1957 as a motorsports chronograph, it earned legendary status when NASA certified it for all crewed space missions after grueling tests - cementing its place in history as the first watch worn on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.

The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch, already renowned as the most iconic chronograph in existence, has received a stellar new update. OMEGA has just launched the latest edition in the Moonwatch lineup, featuring a lacquered white dial inspired by space exploration and the collection's storied heritage.

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This highly anticipated new model first caught the watchworld's attention back in November 2023 when it made its debut wrapped around the wrist of OMEGA ambassador Daniel Craig at an exhibition in New York City. After months of eager anticipation from Moonwatch devotees, the full design is finally being officially revealed and released for public sale.

The showstopping element is the brilliant white dial. A dramatic flip on the classic Moonwatch look, the dial swaps the traditional black backdrop for a pristine white surface. Maintaining the collection's signature legibility, crisp black detailing and newly applied indices provide a sharp contrast. Taking the design to the next level, OMEGA has rendered the dial in a glossy lacquer finish - a first for any Moonwatch's step dial design. Furthering the standout aesthetic is a vibrant red "Speedmaster" text boldly emblazoned across the dial.

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OMEGA drew inspiration from the white and black color scheme of astronaut spacesuits used for EVA missions and spacewalks when crafting this dial design. This pays tribute to the Speedmaster's unparalleled legacy as the only watch certified for all NASA crewed space missions since 1965, including the first watch worn on the lunar surface. The inclusion of red text references the red commander stripes added to spacesuits after the 1970 Apollo 13 mission.

Interestingly, the choice of a white dial also connects back to OMEGA's own space watch history. During the brand's clandestine 1969 ALASKA I project with NASA to develop the perfect astronaut watch, white dials were found to provide the most effective thermal reflective properties for readability and durability in space.


The 42mm stainless steel case highlights OMEGA's meticulous attention to detail, such as the five arched rows of the iconic steel bracelet featuring a mix of polished and brushed finishes. For variety, the watch is also offered on a black perforated leather strap with red and white stitching, or a rubber strap molded with a raised lunar footprint pattern.

No reimagining of the Moonwatch would be complete without a faithful nod to the original asymmetric case design. Here the anodized aluminum bezel features the famed "Dot Below 90" detail on the tachymeter scale. Driving this modern incarnation is the new Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 movement, a modern update to the revered manually-wound Calibre 321 that aided astronauts on the moon.

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With this brilliant new white dial edition, OMEGA has once again raised the bar, delivering a true world-class timepiece that both honors the Moonwatch's legendary DNA and pushes the boundaries of watchmaking design and innovation. Whether you're an avid watch collector, a space enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates incredible craftsmanship, this lacquered Moonwatch is destined to leave an indelible mark as a future icon from one of Switzerland's most storied watchmaking houses. The next chapter in the Moonwatch's epic story has officially begun.