Omega Caliber 861 Complete Gude

Omega Caliber 861

Omega Caliber 861 Complete Gude

Throughout the years, Omega has used a number of different movements for what has become its most iconic model – the Speedmaster.

In this post, we will look closer at the Omega caliber 861, a movement used in the Speedmaster towards the end of the 1960s.

Omega caliber 861

Omega introduced the caliber 861 in 1968. Over the course of its production, Omega also updated and revised the movement whilst carrying the same caliber number which is rather unusual. The movement used 17 jewels until 1992, and from the year of 1993, it used 18 jewels.

Omega Caliber 861 Complete Gude
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The Caliber 861 was released as Omega moved from using its 321 for its Speedmaster. In releasing the 861, the company also discontinued its now-legendary 321 movement – which also happened to be released in a modern iteration by Omega in 2019.

Many people argue that the Speedmaster lost a lot of its character and value proposition when Omega abandoned the iconic 321 movement. Whilst the 321 was tried and true, and based on a Lemania chronograph caliber which has been used in some of the most important chronograph watches in the world, the 861 was at the point of its release unproven.

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The Caliber 861 was, during the course of its production changed and iterated slightly, as mentioned. These movements are the caliber 861L, 863, 864, and 866. All of these are versions of the 861, but the differences are as follows:

  • 861L: For watches with a see-through case back
  • 864: Chronometer version
  • 866: Moon phase version.

The Omega caliber 861 is based on a Lemania movement, just like the 321. What is unique about the movement is that it uses a cam / shuttle system for operating the chronograph, instead of the more common column-wheel structure.

Perhaps as the name suggests, the 861 is the base for the movement which has been used in many of the Speedmaster models during the 2000s, including the most iconic Speedmaster Moonwatch hesalite, Speedmaster Moonwatch sapphire. We are of course talking about the caliber 1861.

The caliber 861, on the other hand, was used on second-generation moon watches.

Omega caliber 861 specifications

  • Base: Lemania 1873
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Jewels: 17 & 18
  • Movement: Hand-wound
  • Functions: Chronograph, Small Seconds, Hours, Minutes.

Caliber 861 used in the watches:

  • ST 145.0022 AS
  • DA 145.0022
  • ST 145.014 Racing
  • MD 145.034
  • TI 145.0022 Alaska
  • BA 145.022 XI
  • 3595.52.00 W
  • DD 145.0022 CHAMP
  • DD 145.0022
  • 3595.52.00
  • ST 145.0022 Alaska III
  • 3896.50.00

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2 thoughts on “Omega Caliber 861 Complete Gude

  1. 861 also used in 145-029 Seamaster, as in this 1970 version:–id24799718.htm

  2. Hi,
    I have an Omega Seamaster, caliber 816 – ref. 145.016 production 1968 (2732XXXX) which is not mentioned on this caliber list. Could this be a first generation 861?

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