Extraordinary Movement In Watchmaking History: Omega 321

As early as the beginning of the year, OMEGA announced that it would reproduce the 321 movement. Until July, the brand launches the Speedmaster Moonwatch equipped with the new 321 movement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of human moon landing. So why does the 321 movement receive so much attention and praise, and where is it extraordinary?

Omega 321 chronograph movement

Omega 321 movement: delicate and powerful

   The 321 is a very robust and elegant chronograph movement. It is exquisite because the diameter and thickness of the 321 movement are only 27 mm and 6.74 mm, respectively. In comparison, the widely used Valjoux 7750 movement has a diameter of 30 mm and a thickness of 7.9 mm; the 50-year-old ElPrimero movement has a diameter of 30 mm and a thickness of 7.55 mm.

Omega 321 Movement: A Brief History

   Like many achievements in the watchmaking industry, the movement 321 is also the result of cooperation. The two parties are Omega and Lémania. The 321 movement was born from the movement development code-named CH27C12 (also known as Lémania2310), and has been adopted by many watchmaking brands including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. Excellent quality and superb craftsmanship Self-evident. Omega officially launched the 321 movement in 1946, but unfortunately, production was terminated in 1968.

1957 Omega Speedmaster chronograph with caliber 321

   From 1957 to 1965, Calibre 321 was famous for driving Omega Speedmaster watches. From 1965 to 1968, this movement was used in Speedmaster professional watches, and later replaced by the Omega 861 movement. In addition, the 321 movement also powers other Omega chronographs.

Omega 321 movement: specifications

   Omega 321 is a hand-wound chronograph movement with 17 stones, a frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 times / hour), a 44-hour power reserve, and 60-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour chronograph functions. As mentioned earlier, the 321 is a compact and elegant movement. Rugged construction that can withstand years of wear and tear.

   This movement uses a column wheel instead of a cam to activate the chronograph function. Compared to cams, the manufacture of the column wheel is more complicated, and the operation is smoother, so the performance is higher. Generally speaking, the column wheel is also more visually appealing.

   The 321 movement uses a horizontal clutch device to connect the timing system to the coupling gear, thereby switching the start and stop of the function.

Omega 321 movement fine-tuning

   The screws on the movement are strong and heavy, but the grooves are thin, which is reminiscent of most Omega antique watches from the 1950s to the 1970s. Unfortunately, some watch maintenance personnel did not take proper protection measures, which made the screw heads of some 321 movements look awkward.

   Strong and heavy screws, well-made bridge and plywood make the assembled movement robust enough. The true beauty of an antique chronograph movement like the 321 lies in its ability to adjust. The Omega 321 movement can be fine-tuned precisely to ensure precise operation and optimize timing performance.

   In addition, the Omega 321 movement is also equipped with a winding spring and an Incabloc balance shock absorber.

Partially assembled Omega 321 movement

Omega 321 movement: conclusion

   At first glance, the Omega 321 movement is no different from many contemporary chronograph movements: most of them are designed with a column wheel structure and are equipped with similar elements. However, when we compare the nuances, we find the unique charm of the Omega 321 movement.

   Indeed, the Omega 321 movement is so popular and inseparable from the current hot antique chronograph market, but don’t ignore the moving part of the movement itself. Even before the price of antique Speedmaster watches soared, watchmakers and collectors had a crush on the Omega 321 movement. I believe that even if this trend is no longer in the future, the Omega 321 still deserves the name of an extraordinary chronograph movement.

Omega 321 movement

Year of production: 1946 to 1968
Winding: manual
Vibration frequency: 2.5 Hz (18,000 times / hour)
Diameter: 27 mm
Thickness: 6.74 mm
Gems: 17
Power: 44 hours
Function: central hours and minutes, small seconds, 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 o’clock

Iwc Schaffhausen Meets Many Stars In Cannes

May 15, 2011, Cannes / Schaffhausen-Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has invited many guests to attend the gala dinner during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In addition to brand friends Matthew Fox and Boris Becker, Swiss filmmaker Arthur Cohn also attended the celebration. Former Supertramp lead Roger Hodgson has a unique singing voice with guests.

     Over the years, traditional Swiss watchmakers Schaffhausen has created precious watches in IWC that have appeared in countless Hollywood movies. Well-known film companies DreamWorks, Touchstone Pictures, Warner Bros. and Universal have all used Schaffhausen IWC designs in their productions. Whether it’s the protagonist of the thrilling business warfare film ‘Wall Street’, the blockbuster movie ‘Ocean’s 13’ or the action comedy ‘Red Flame Battlefield’ (RED), or the American TV series ‘Gray the Intern (Grey’s Anatomy) and the main actors of ‘Gossip Girl’, each wearing IWC watches.
Many similarities between the two industries
    The watchmaker IWC is closely related to the production and film industry. Many Oscar winners and Hollywood actors are brand friends. President Joachis invited brand friends and guests to the dinner at the Cannes Film Festival. Guests include Matthew Fox, Boris Becker, and the famous Swiss director Arthur Cohen. Cohn) and so on. ‘The film and watchmaking industries have a lot in common. In both areas, enthusiasm and expertise are critical. In the end, only real craftsmanship can successfully create immortal masterpieces . ‘Former Supertramp lead Roger Hodgson is another representative with an extraordinary career. That evening, the British singer sang a number of famous songs in a private concert for nearly two hours. The beautiful and nostalgic songs made the guests intoxicated.
A photography exhibition bringing together IWC brand friends
    After tasting exquisite Italian cuisine, the crowd arrived at the ‘Le Club by Albane’ and continued the wonderful night. This club is a hot spot for many actors and celebrities in sports and entertainment circles. IWC presents another special event in the store during the film festival, a photography exhibition. Many of the exhibitions are based on Portofino. Background, a masterpiece for the new watch collection of the same name. These photos were personally curated by Peter Lindbergh, one of the distinguished guests of the IWC dinner, and one year ago, in the port town of Portofino, cleverly captured the spirits of friends of various brands and presented Classic style from the fifties and sixties.