While NASA leads humanity’s expansive stride towards the moon, OMEGA marks history’s first-ever celestial venture, the 1968 Apollo 8 mission with an exclusive Speedmaster edition timepiece aptly titled ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. This is not the first time the watchmaker has done this – their very first Dark Side of the Moon version was its iconic Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch back in 2013. This is the brand’s avant-garde take on the older model and it’s stunning in every way.
Embracing its blacked-out ceramic bezel, the case is a shade lighter resembling a more metallic finish. The dial’s blackened dial is meant to resemble the terrain of the moon. The texture was created by laser-blasting the metal base, which resulted in a perfect rugged aesthetic, which resembles the moon’s asteroid craters.
The dial also features laser ablated numerical indicators as well as hands, which create a unique black and florescent contrast against the pale metallic case. Furthermore, the dial side of the watch is kept bright to represent the view of the lunar surface from Earth, while the back of the watch represents the dark side of the moon, as it is seen by astronauts. NASA astronaut, Jim Lovell’s iconic words before circling the moon towards its lunar half, “We’ll See You on The Other Side”, have been imprinted onto the skeletal case back.
The timepiece also flexes a two-window chronometer and tachymeter and is manually wound with a calibre 1869 by Omega. The chronometer is operated with the help of a standard two buttoned start-stop crown mechanism. All this bolted on with Omega’s premium leather straps. The exclusive timepiece doesn’t have an official verdict on how many will be built, but it does come with a cool US$10,000 price-tag and is currently available globally. It’s also important to note that Omega Speedmaster watches were actually worn by astronauts during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, hence the moniker. The timepiece marks the Apollo 8’s diamond jubilee on 21st December.
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