The “Moonwatch” – so called for its historic place in America’s history of space exploration – is one of the most sought after pieces today. Now in its seventh decade, the Moonwatch is the ultimate toolwatch, offering rich timing functionality, an instantly recognizable profile, and a heritage of both innovation and exploration,
For 2021, Omega has made the best even better. Introducing just the third style of movement in the model’s nearly 70-year history, the caliber 3861 movement was first introduced in 2019 in three different limited edition issues and is now on offer in Omega’s most popular watch. Compared to the previous movement, the 3861 is more robust with better shock and magnetic resistance. Incidentally, this makes it the best-suited Moonwatch for space travel – just in time for a bevy of commercial options becoming available.
NASA’s original Moonwatches all featured Hesalite crystals, a derivative of Plexiglass that possess several unique characteristics, among them shatter-resistance. Sapphire crystals, however, are now the norm in watchmaking thus setting up a dilemma for collectors – to go with the original Hesalite version? Or the more modern, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal? Fortunately, the 3861 is available on both sapphire (either bracelet or leather strap) and Hesalite (either Cordura or bracelet).