The fake Omega’s release of the Speedmaster Moonwatch 321 in 2020 revived a true legend. The new model, including its movement, is a replica of the luxury fake Omega Speedmaster Ref. 105.003 that Ed White wore on the first American spacewalk in 1965 and Gene Cernan on the last moonwalk in 1972.
Over the left sleeve of his spacesuit, White wore an 1:1 fake Omega Speedmaster Ref. 105.003 attached to an extra-long Velcro textile strap. This model was produced from 1964 to 1969 and was powered by high quality copy Omega’s hand-wound Caliber 321 Ref. 105.012. This is the same movement that ticked inside the watch on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist during the first moon landing in 1969. A few minutes earlier, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, but he left his cheap replica Omega Speedmaster behind in the lunar lander because the vessel’s onboard electronic clock had malfunctioned.
During the six (successful) lunar landings that took place between 1969 and 1972, only three AAA replica Omega Speedmaster references were worn on the moon, and Caliber 321 powered all of them. Technically modified follow-up Caliber 861 premiered in 1968, but it didn’t tick inside the replica watches online that had been certified for the Apollo missions so it never accompanied an astronaut onto the surface of the moon.
In Caliber 861, a less costly coulisse lever replaced the traditional column wheel used in Caliber 321 and the balance’s frequency was increased from 18,000 to 21,600 vibrations per hour. The current Swiss fake Omega, Caliber 1861, debuted in 1996 and has rhodium-plated surfaces.
Speedmaster Moonwatch 321
White’s best copy Omega Speedmaster Ref. 105.003 still had a symmetrical case without a flared flank to protect the push-pieces and crown. As a result, the lugs were nearly straight and didn’t have the typical sinuous shape with upturned flanks that would appear later. This straight-line design inspired the case of the new top fake Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321, which was introduced in 2020.
The bracelet of the new high quality replica watches also have historical origins. The first Swiss-made copy Omega Speedmaster from 1957 was equipped with a no-frills, three-row, stainless-steel bracelet. This wristband would characterize the function-oriented design of the cheap fake Omega Moonwatch for decades and was only replaced much later by a more elaborate five-row metal bracelet.
The case diameter of 39.7 mm is also historically correct. Swiss movement fake Omega has allowed itself only a few modernizations, all of which improve the super clone watch’s robustness and longevity. One update is a ceramic inlay, which replaces the original aluminum scale on the bezel. Another new detail is a pair of sapphire crystals: one crystal takes the place of the plastic pane that originally covered the dial; the other replaces the opaque metal back of the historical model. Ironically, this technical improvement would prevent the 1:1 copy watch from being recertified as an item of NASA equipment because a sapphire crystal can shatter under extreme low pressure and potentially injure the astronauts or damage their equipment. That’s why the wholesale fake Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional shown at the end of this article — the watch worn by American astronauts — is still available today with a plastic crystal and a metal caseback.