In 1968, the Apollo 8 crew became the first humans to ever see the dark side of the moon. 50 years later, OMEGA has produced this incredible chronograph in tribute to that mission. As well as having a skeletonised dial, this collectable watch is remarkable for its specially decorated version of the famous Moonwatch calibre 1861.
The new Omega Speedmaster 'Dark Side of the Moon' Apollo 8 Limited Edition brings back memories of that time.
This timepiece is the product of groundbreaking technologies: it is crafted from a single block of black zirconium oxide ceramic. The OMEGA Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” redefines the iconic design of the Moonwatch and its name evokes the mysteriousness and allure of space.
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Presented on a perforated black leather strap with yellow rubber through the middle, this Speedmaster’s unique design remains true to Apollo 8’s pioneering spirit. The entire watch is produced in sleek black ceramic and the dial has been expertly skeletonised to reveal a blackened movement inside. Most impressively, the movement has been laser-ablated to produce realistic imagery of the lunar surface.
50 years after NASA's first manned mission, the Omega Speedmaster 'Dark Side of the Moon' Apollo 8 Limited Edition celebrates the words of Pilot Jim Lovell : "We'll see you on the other side."
What makes the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 so intriguing is the black mottled bumpy lunar surface recreated on parts of the movement. Paying homage to the two ‘sides’ of the Moon, the dial side is lighter in colour to reflect the view we get from Earth, while the back of the watch is darker to replicate the far side of the Moon that the astronauts saw. To achieve this realistic lunar surface, laser ablation was used to decorate the bridges and main plate of the blackened movement.
The chronograph hands are varnished yellow, while the watch's tachymeter scale and crown are filled with white Super-LumiNova. The Speedmaster and Tachymetre words also appear in yellow.
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