The new Speedmaster with upgraded movement has been speculated for a while now. With the release of the 50th anniversary Speedmaster, it’s only a matter of time that the 1861 will be superseded with the 3861.
Now that it’s 2021, OMEGA has dropped the bomb and has now updated the Speedmaster. The change can very welcomed by the enthusiasts and casual buyers might be more enticed, but it is the enthusiasts who would go crazy. Some of the changes include a stepped dial and “dot over 90” as seen in vintage Speedmasters. However, with great changes come with great price increase. The hesalite version for example has seen a AUD$2,000 (USD$1,500) increase over the previous version. Whether it’s worth the increase will be up to the buyer, but I believe it’s worth every penny.
You can view the catalog here here.