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The Omega Speedmaster is one of the world's most famous chronographs. It went down in history as the first wristwatch on the Moon. Today, this beloved collection is comprised of numerous models: from the classic Moonwatch to high-end timepieces.
This page contains information about:
- Iconic Chronographs
- Prices: Omega Speedmaster
- How much does an Omega Speedmaster cost?
- A New Moonwatch With the Caliber 3861
- Speedmaster Professional 321
- Prices: Speedmaster Reduced
- The Speedmaster '57: A Retro Watch
- Prices: Speedmaster Ceramic
- Speedmaster Racing for Motorsports
- Prices: Quartz-Powered Speedmasters
- Speedmaster 38 for Men and Women
- The Coveted Moonwatch
Every watch enthusiast knows the Omega Speedmaster. Most fans associate this watch with the first Moon landing in July 1969. However, today the Speedmaster is so much more than just the so-called "Moonwatch." The collection contains numerous models: from manual chronographs and especially precise quartz watches with analog and digital displays to automatic timepieces with state-of-the-art Co-Axial movements. Top watches feature Omega Master Chronometer calibers with magnetic resistance up to 15,000 gauss.
Omega regularly releases special limited editions of the Speedmaster. These series often sell out quickly due to their extremely restricted numbers. Since they are so popular among Omega fans, their prices tend to skyrocket within a short period of time. One example is the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday Limited Edition, which the Biel-based manufacturer introduced in 2017 to celebrate five years of #speedytuesday. The Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday had an original list price of 6,500 USD. Since then, prices have climbed to around 11,500 USD. Prices for Speedy Tuesday 2 "Ultraman" from 2018 have performed similarly. Both models are limited to runs of 2,012 pieces.
The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award has also performed well since its release. The version with a white dial officially costs 7,350 USD. Limited to a run of 1,970 pieces, this timepiece will set you back around 39,000 USD in mint condition. The first Snoopy special edition appeared in 2003, has a black dial, and had a limited production run of 5,441 pieces. Pre-owned versions demand roughly 11,500 USD and have also risen in value over the last few years.
In 2019, Omega surprised their fans with the announcement of a platinum Speedmaster celebrating 50 years since the first Moon landing. This timepiece features the caliber 321, the same movement that powered the Speedmaster worn by astronaut Ed White when he became the first American to perform a spacewalk in 1965.
Reasons to Buy an Omega Speedmaster
- Legendary chronograph series with cult status
- The first watch on the Moon: Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
- Co-Axial Master Chronometers with magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss
- Limited editions with the potential to increase in value
- Coveted limited editions: "Snoopy Award" and "Speedy Tuesday"
Prices at a Glance: Omega Speedmaster
|Model, reference number||Price (approx.)||Features|
|Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, 3126.96.36.199.99.001||77,500 USD||Platinum case, subdials made of moon rock, caliber 321|
|Moonwatch Professional, 310.60.42.50.02.001||45,300 USD (MSRP)||White gold case, Co-Axial caliber 3861|
|Apollo 11 50th Anniversary, 310.60.42.50.99.001||41,000 USD||Yellow gold case and bracelet, limited run of 1,014 pieces|
|Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award, 3188.8.131.52.04.003||39,000 USD||Limited to 1,970 pieces|
|Speedmaster 38, 3184.108.40.206.02.003||17,000 USD||38-mm Sedna gold case, diamonds|
|Speedmaster Moonwatch Speedy Tuesday 1, 3220.127.116.11.01.001||11,500 USD||Limited to 2,012 pieces|
|Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, 145.022||11,000 USD||Vintage|
|Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday 2 "Ultraman," 318.104.22.168.01.001||9,900 USD||Limited to 2,012 pieces|
|Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon / 322.214.171.124.01.003||9,200 USD||Black ceramic case|
|Speedmaster '57 60th Anniversary, 3126.96.36.199.01.001||8,800 USD||Limited to 3,557 pieces|
|Speedmaster Moonphase, 304.30.44.52.01.001||8,600 USD||Stainless steel, moon phase display|
|Moonwatch Professional, 310.30.42.50.01.001||6,300 USD (MSRP)||Co-Axial caliber 3861|
|Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, 3188.8.131.52.01.005||4,600 USD||Hesalite crystal, manual caliber|
|Speedmaster Skywalker X-33, 3184.108.40.206.01.001||4,400 USD||Official watch of the European Space Agency|
|Speedmaster Reduced, 3510.50.00||2,800 USD||Automatic caliber|
|Speedmaster Date, 3520.50.00||3,300 USD||Automatic caliber, date|
How much does an Omega Speedmaster cost?
The Speedmaster collection is extraordinarily vast and contains something for every taste and budget. Prices range from about 3,300 USD for a mint-condition stainless steel Speedmaster Date to well over 70,000 USD for a high-end platinum model with the caliber 321.
The true Omega classic is the 42-mm Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, which traditionally features a manual caliber and a stainless steel case. Its design has remained nearly unchanged for decades. While it shot to fame for its role in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Omega originally developed the Speedmaster as a racing chronograph in 1957. However, today everyone remembers this model as the "Moonwatch." It has a black bezel with a tachymeter scale, and its dial features a 30-minute counter at 3, a 12-hour counter at 6, and a small seconds at 9 o'clock.
Omega equips the ref. 3220.127.116.11.01.005 with the manual caliber 1861. This movement takes many cues from the caliber 321, the movement that powered Buzz Aldrin's ref. 105.012 on the Moon. However, unlike its predecessor, the 1861 has a cam switch instead of a column wheel. You can purchase this chronograph for roughly 4,700 USD new and 4,200 USD pre-owned.
Fans of vintage watches will enjoy the Omega Speedmaster Professional ref. 145.022. Its power comes from the Omega caliber 861. The manufacturer introduced this model in 1968 and produced it until the early 1980s. There are plenty of examples on the market, some even in mint condition. Plan to spend about 11,000 USD on this timepiece. Pre-owned watches sell for around 6,300 USD.
The vintage refs. 145.012 and 105.012 with the caliber 321 are much rarer and, thus, more expensive. The former demands some 10,500 USD used, while the latter requires an investment of approximately 12,000 USD.
Featues of the Professional Moonwatch
- The first watch on the Moon
- An iconic watch with a cult following
- Authentic manual calibers
- Available with plexiglass or sapphire crystal
A New Moonwatch With the Caliber 3861
In January 2021, Omega ceased production of the traditional Moonwatch (ref. 318.104.22.168.01.005) and replaced it with the so-called "New Moon" ref. 310.30.42.50.01.001. At first glance, the changes seem minimal. However, upon closer inspection, this watch reveals some revolutionary design and technological innovations.
Known as the Moonwatch Professional, it retains its predecessor's 42-mm stainless steel case. However, the newer model features a "dot over 90" (or "DON") tachymeter scale on its bezel. This detail is a nod to early, pre-1970 Moonwatches. As its name implies, a dot sits above the "90" on the tachymeter scale. Models produced after 1970 have the dot next to the "90." This particular model comes with a Hesalite crystal and stainless steel case back engraved with the words "The First Watch Worn on the Moon." Its sister model, the ref. 310.30.42.50.01.002, features a sapphire crystal case back that provides a view of the caliber 3861 at work.
The dial has also received an update. Instead of a "flat dial," Omega outfits the Moonwatch Professional with a "step dial." This dial type features sunken subdials and also appears on the ref. 145.022 from 1968.
The manual caliber 3861 is the greatest difference between the old and new Moonwatches. Omega outfits this brand new movement with a co-axial escapement. It also comes with Master Chronometer certification from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), meaning it is resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss.
Omega also made significant changes to the new Moonwatch's steel bracelet. The manufacturer offers slight variations of the bracelet for the two models. While the Hesalite edition's bracelet has a fully polished finish, the bracelet on the version with sapphire crystal features brushed and polished surfaces. Another new detail is the tapered shape. It measures 20 mm at the lugs and 15 mm at the clasp.
The stainless steel model with a steel bracelet and Hesalite crystal has a list price of 6,300 USD. Its sister model with sapphire crystal sells for a recommended retail price of 7,150 USD.
The "New Moon" in Rose or White Gold
At the same time they announced the stainless steel editions, Omega also presented versions in rose and white gold. Omega lists the rose gold ref. 310.60.42.50.01.001 for 34,800 USD. The white gold model with a silver dial is much more discreet. It bears the reference number 310.60.42.50.02.001 and officially sells for 45,300 USD. In terms of technology, the gold watches are identical to their stainless steel counterparts.
Prices for "Speedy Tuesday" Models
The special-edition "Speedy Tuesday" from 2017 and "Speedy Tuesday 2 Ultraman" from 2018 are highly coveted among Speedmaster fans. Omega developed these timepieces in collaboration with the Dutch online magazine Fratello Watches. Both are limited to runs of 2,012 pieces and sold out within a few hours of their announcements. They share a 42-mm stainless steel case, Hesalite crystal, and the Omega manual caliber 1861.
The first Speedy Tuesday has a "reverse panda" dial, meaning it has a black dial and white subdials. Omega first created a Speedmaster with this color scheme back in 1966. One of the Speedy's most notable details is its radial subdials coated in luminous material. Other striking features include the vintage logo and corresponding markers. The manufacturer mounts the watch on a brown leather strap, and every timepiece comes with a watch roll and an additional NATO strap.
The Speedy Tuesday 1 has the potential to appreciate in value. While it had an official list price of 6,500 USD at its release, by the end of 2020, the same watch was demanding roughly 11,500 USD. Prices for pre-owned pieces are also on the rise and sit around 9,800 USD.
The Speedy Tuesday 2 also goes by the nickname "Ultraman." This timepiece shares several design elements with the classic Moonwatch ref. 145.012-67, which appeared in the Japanese TV show "Return of Ultraman" in the early 1970s. While the original model only had an orange chronograph seconds hand, the new Ultraman features a few more splashes of this bright hue.
The hour markers, "Speedmaster" inscription, and the word "Tachymeter" on the black aluminum bezel all catch the eye. If you take a closer look, you'll find that the first three minutes on the minute-counter are also orange – a reference to the amount of time Ultraman had in superhero mode. Across the dial, the 60-minute counter comes with an unexpected surprise: Here, you'll find Ultraman's hidden silhouette, though you'll need a UV light to see it. Luckily, each watch comes with a light for viewing this special feature.
Like the Speedy Tuesday 1, the second edition features a vintage Omega logo on its dial. It comes in an intricate hexagonal box, which also contains a matching black and orange NATO strap and an additional black leather strap.
You can find listings for the Speedy Tuesday Ultraman on Chrono24. Never-worn pieces demand around 10,000 USD, while a used watch will set you back about 9,500 USD.
Features of the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday
- Each limited to a run of 2,012 pieces
- Coveted collector's items
- Likely to appeciate in value
- Ultraman with orange accents
- Multiple bands for both models
The Gold Speedmaster Apollo 11
In 2019, Omega launched a special-edition Speedmaster in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing: the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in gold. The manufacturer limited this model to a run of 1,014. Its pays tribute to the ref. BA145.002, which NASA gifted to the Apollo 11 astronauts upon their return from the successful mission. The vintage model was produced between 1969 and 1973. Collectors are especially fond of this watch, as only 1,014 copies exist.
The new Speedmaster's case and bracelet come in what Omega calls "Moonshine gold." Like its predecessor, it has a burgundy bezel, though the modern bezel is made of ceramic instead of aluminum. The dial is also gold and has a brushed finish. Faceted onyx indices mark the hours. The Omega caliber 3861 powers the watch. This Master Chronometer can resist magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss and boasts a co-axial escapement.
If you're interested in this model, be prepared to spend around 42,000 USD for a watch in mint condition. Pre-owned pieces cost about 4,800 USD less. Omega lists this Speedmaster for 36,500 USD.
Speedmaster Professional With the Caliber 321
Those looking for watches with the remade caliber 321 from 2019 should keep an eye out for the references 322.214.171.124.99.001 and 3126.96.36.199.01.001 (stainless steel). The first reference pairs a platinum case with a black leather strap. Sapphire crystal protects the watch from the front and back. Omega crafts its "step dial" from black onyx and the subdials from moon rock.
One interesting feature shared by both models is the tachymeter bezel in black ceramic. Like their famous predecessor, these watches come with a "dot over 90" (or "DON") scale. This means that the dot is located above the "90" rather than next to it. Many collectors covet watches with this detail, as it otherwise only appears on a series of vintage Speedmasters.
The platinum watch has a list price of 59,500 USD. Due to its rarity and precious material, this timepiece changes hands for over 78,000 USD on Chrono24.
The stainless steel edition from 2020 is much more affordable. At 39.7 mm diameter, it is also quite a bit smaller than the platinum version. The size matches that of the third-generation Speedmaster worn by astronaut Ed White on his history-making spacewalk in 1965. Omega also equips this watch with a step dial; its sunken subdials are the same material as the dial. Like the platinum Speedmaster, this model boasts the sought-after "dot over 90" tachymeter bezel. While its list price sits at 14,100 USD, this Speedmaster has a market price of roughly 21,500 USD.
Features of the Speedmaster Caliber 321
- Available in stainless steel or platinum
- Legendary Omega caliber 321
- Platinum model with onyx and moon rock
- "Dot over 90" tachymeter bezel
Speedmaster Reduced: The Small Speedy
If you would like to call an Omega Speedmaster your own but find the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch a bit too large, you should take a closer look at the Speedmaster Reduced ref. 3510.50.00. At 39 mm, it is 3 mm smaller than the Moonwatch, making it the perfect size for more slender wrists. Unlike its larger sister models with manual calibers, the automatic Omega caliber 3220 ticks away inside the Reduced. This movement is based on the ETA 2890-A2 and features a chronograph module from Dubois Dépraz.
The Reduced's dial is distinctive and features Arabic numeral hour markers in addition to line indices. Its subdials also sit closer to the edge than they do on the Professional Moonwatch. Finally, Hesalite crystal lends this Reduced a certain vintage charm. If you prefer watches with sapphire crystal, you should take a closer look at the newer ref. 3539.50.00. This version also uses the Omega caliber 3220 but lacks Arabic numerals, resulting in a tidier dial that bears a stronger resemblance to the Moonwatch.
Omega no longer manufactures either version of the Speedmaster Reduced, so you'll have to look on the vintage market for this timepiece. Its prices have increased in recent years, and a pre-owned example now demands about 2,300 USD. With any luck, you may even find a never-worn example for around 2,800 USD. The model with sapphire crystal is much rarer and costs roughly 3,300 USD regardless of its condition.
Features of the Speedmaster Reduced
- A smaller alternative to the Moonwatch
- Automatic caliber 3220
- Sapphire or Hesalite crystal
- Likely to appreciate in value
The Speedmaster '57: A Retro Watch
Retro watches have been in style for a while now, and the Speedmaster '57 is no exception. As its name suggests, this watch was inspired by the ref. CK2915, the original Speedmaster from 1957. Its most distinctive feature is its so-called Speedmaster Broad Arrow hour hand. Original models from the 1950s often sell for several hundred thousand dollars at auction.
Omega has crafted numerous homages to the original Speedmaster. The version from 2017 is perhaps the most highly coveted. It was limited to a run of 3,557 pieces and released in celebration of the Speedmaster's 60th anniversary. It belongs to the 1957 Trilogy of watches, which also includes a Seamaster 300 and a Railmaster. The Speedmaster 60th Anniversary Edition shares straight lugs with its historical inspiration. Most other Speedmasters have curved lugs. The three-piece link bracelet is yet another easy way to tell this model apart from the rest of the series. It has polished outer links and satin-brushed middle links. Inside the 38.6-mm case, you'll find the caliber 1861 powering this chronograph. Plan to spend about 8,800 USD for a new watch and 7,500 USD for a pre-owned timepiece.
The Speedmaster '57 is also available in standard-edition models and boasts Omega's state-of-the-art Co-Axial caliber 9300. At 41.5 mm, these watches are larger than the 60th Anniversary version from 2017. You can purchase one of these chronographs for about 7,000 USD in mint condition and 5,600 USD used. Omega also offers the Speedmaster '57 as a two-tone watch or in 18-karat rose or yellow gold. The ref. 3188.8.131.52.02.001 is solid yellow gold and costs around 29,500 USD new. Pre-owned versions remain fairly rare.
Omega introduced a new edition of the first Speedmaster back in the late 1990s: the Speedmaster Broad Arrow Replica ref. 3594.50.00. The caliber 1861 also powers this model. You can get a pre-owned example for around 3,500 USD. Never-worn versions are hard to find since Omega stopped producing this retro watch years ago.
Features of the Speedmaster '57
- Retro 1950s design
- Models with Broad Arrow hands
- A wide range of models in different materials
- Manual and automatic calibers
Prices for Ceramic Models
The Speedmaster collection also includes wristwatches made of high-tech ceramic. Ceramic is much harder and more scratch-resistant than stainless steel. The ceramic Speedmaster comes in gray, white, or black. The black edition is known as the Dark Side of the Moon and pays tribute to the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission, who were the first people to ever see the far side of the Moon. The modern Co-Axial caliber 9300 provides this timepiece with high precision. A never-worn Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon costs roughly 9,200 USD. Prices for pre-owned examples come in at around 7,800 USD.
From a color perspective, the Omega White Side of the Moon is the complete opposite of the black ceramic model. Its white case is also inspired by the Moon, though this time by the bright side that illuminates the night sky. Thanks to its light color scheme, this watch looks much more feminine. Mint-condition pieces demand around 9,600 USD, while used watches sell for about 7,800 USD.
The Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon is the third watch in this series. Its gray coloration is inspired by moon dust. It also corresponds to a statement made by American astronaut Jim Lovell, who said, "The Moon is essentially gray." You can purchase the Grey Side of the Moon for about 10,500 USD new and 8,800 USD pre-owned.
Features of the Ceramic Speedmaster
- Available in black, white, and gray
- Ceramic: more scratch-resistant than stainless steel
- Omega Co-Axial caliber 9300
Speedmaster Racing: For Fans of Motorsports
The watches in the Speedmaster Racing series represent Omega's long-standing relationship with motorsports. Before the Speedmaster became the legendary Moonwatch, it was the companion of many racecar drivers. The dials on the Racing models are reminiscent of the dashboards found in classic racecars. This chronograph is currently available in a number of editions and various sizes. Omega outfits each watch with the Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 9900.
Mint-condition, 44.25-mm models on a stainless steel bracelet cost around 7,500 USD. Pre-owned watches are more affordable at about 6,100 USD. If 44.25 mm is too large for you, there is also a 40-mm version. You can get this timepiece for as little as 3,600 USD new and 2,800 USD pre-owned.
Buying a Quartz-Powered Speedmaster
High-precision quartz Speedmaster models are practical professional tools. For example, Omega developed the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 specifically for astronauts. This 45-mm watch features both analog and digital displays. Its movement also comes with a perpetual calendar, three alarms, a chronograph, three time zones, and a countdown function. All of this is topped off by two special functions: the Mission Elapsed Time (MET) and Phase Elapsed Time (PET). The MET shows either how much time has passed since the mission began or how much time is left. On the other hand, the PET displays how much time has gone by since a particular phase started. You can program this quartz timepiece with three phases, depending on the MET. The Omega Skywalker X-33 is the official mission watch of the European Space Agency (ESA).
If you're looking for a professional astronaut's watch with an accurate quartz caliber, the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 is the right watch for you. Prices range from around 4,000 USD for a used model to 4,400 USD for a mint-condition timepiece. The Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse is limited to a run of 1,924 pieces and costs about 4,800 USD new and 3,800 USD pre-owned.
The Omega Spacemaster Z-33 is yet another quartz member of the Speedmaster family. Its distinctive design takes its inspiration from the Omega Flightmaster from the 1960s and 70s. Like the Skywalker X-33, the Spacemaster Z-33 features both analog and digital displays. Its 43-mm case is made of titanium and is water-resistant to 30 m (3 bar, 98 ft). In terms of functionality, it comes with a chronograph, an alarm, multiple time zones, and a perpetual calendar. Plan to spend around 5,000 USD for a new Spacemaster Z-33. Pre-owned pieces are markedly more affordable at 4,100 USD.
Speedmaster 38 for Men and Women
Omega produces various 38-mm timepieces in the Speedmaster 38 series. You can choose from models in stainless steel, Sedna gold, or yellow gold, as well as two-tone editions. The dial is available in white, brown, blue, black, or gray. Several gold models make particularly nice women's watches thanks to the addition of diamonds. One example is the Sedna gold ref. 3184.108.40.206.02.003 with a diamond-studded bezel. This timepiece has a silver dial with a date at 6 o'clock and indices in the same rose gold hue as the case. Like all Speedmasters, there are also subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. The Omega Co-Axial caliber 3330 ticks away inside the case and provides the watch with its 52-hour power reserve. A brown leather strap holds this refined Speedmaster securely on the wrist.
Never-worn models change hands for about 17,000 USD on Chrono24. The manufacturer recommends a price of 19,750 USD.
The stainless steel version with a matching bracelet and black dial is much more budget-friendly. It is a fantastic unisex watch and features the same technology as its more opulent counterpart. This edition sells for roughly 4,400 USD in mint condition. You can save about 610 USD by purchasing a used model instead.
The Most Popular Speedmaster: The Moonwatch
The Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is still the most significant and renowned Speedmaster model. If any wristwatch has earned the title of "famous," it's this one. When the first humans stepped foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, they were equipped with the Omega Speedmaster Professional. The astronauts weren't the only ones to endure a long and arduous selection process, the watches did as well. NASA subjected a select group of mechanical watches to harsh conditions. These included extreme temperatures from -18 to 93°C (0 to 200°F), vibrations, excess and vacuum pressure, and much more. In March 1965, it was determined that the Speedmaster Professional performed the best, and thus, it joined the crews of the Gemini and Apollo missions.
Over the decades, Omega has made a few changes to the original model. The hands and indices no longer use the radioactive material tritium to achieve their luminous effect. Instead, they use SuperLuminova. Additionally, Omega now utilizes scratch-resistant sapphire crystal instead of plexiglass. Most die-hard Speedmaster fans can live with these modifications.
Omega has been even more consistent when it comes to the watch's movement. The manual caliber 1861 found in the current Moonwatch is based on the caliber 861, which powered the timepieces worn on the Moon in 1969. The 861 itself is an evolution of the legendary caliber 321, which was ticking away inside Ed White's Speedmaster when he became the first American to perform a spacewalk. All three movements can trace their roots back to the Lemania caliber 2310, which powered the original Speedmaster watches produced between 1957 and 1965.