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Omega launch the the Speedmaster ‘Dark side of the moon’ Apollo 8 at Baselworld 2018

The Apollo 8 space crew became the first people to see the dark side of the moon in 1968. Held a decade on, OMEGA has produced this extraordinary timepiece in tribute to the mission. Not only having a skeletonised dial, this very collectable watch is particularly remarkable for its decorated version of the famous Moonwatch calibre 1861.

THE SPEEDMASTER "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" APOLLO 8
THE SPEEDMASTER "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" APOLLO 8

Wearing the Moon

With a perforated black leather strap with yellow rubber through the middle, this Speedmaster’s one off design is true to Apollo 8’s pioneering spirit. The entire watch is produced in black ceramic and the dial has been expertly skeletonised to reveal a blackened movement inside. Impressively, the movement has been laser-ablated to produce realistic imagery of the lunar surface.

OMEGA Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon “Apollo 8" - Baselworld 2018

But as you’ll see, the Speedmaster Apollo 8 is very special – visually and mechanically.

The Colours
The Caseback

The Colours

The chronograph hands are yellow, while the  tachymeter scale and crown are white Super-LumiNova. The Speedmaster and Tachymetre words are also in yellow.

The Caseback

On the caseback, the words “WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE” in referernce to Jim Lovell’s final words to ground control just before Apollo 8 travelled to the far side of the moon.

Far Side
Far Side
Technical Details

Technical Details

Bracelet – leather strap

Between Lugs – 21mm

Case – Black ceramic

Dial colour – Black

Crystal – Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Water resistance – 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)

Features

Chronograph

Tachymeter


Small seconds

Transparent case back