Well humankind has been to the moon, rock bands have played tribute to the moon and Omega has issued various moon-watches. From the recently launched “Grey Side of The Moon”; to all the various Speedmaster timepieces on its catalog, with the associated fame and prestige of being molded on the first watch to go to the moon. Now at Baselworld 2016 we can gaze at the new: “Grey Side of The Moon ‘Meteorite’”.
This version of the “Omega Speedmaster” gets its color from a meteorite like the one that has pierced through our atmosphere before. One can’t help but instantly want to compare this version to the “Grey Side of the Moon”. And at first glance the obvious is how much they are both captivating. While the “Grey Side of the Moon” had a very modern, sleek look to it; this “Meteorite” has an equally elegant feel, although for some horologists a meteorite dials is a bi-polarizing situation. But these dials do bring a certain collectible status to a timepiece.
The 44.25mm case is crafted from ceramic that has undergone the heat of a high-temperature plasma furnace. The case material is initially white, but after enduring 3 hours of exposure to 20,000 degrees Celsius and various gases, the white eventually turns to a metallic grey-colored ceramic. The case, caseback, bezel, crown, pushers and buckle are all manufactured from the same ceramic material.
One of the main upgrade and novelties on this “Meteorite” version is the tachymeter scale made from Omega Ceragold, which is a complete first for the brand. While the reddish tone of the 18k Sedna gold is also used to create the indexes and hands of the watch. There is a scratch-resistant vintage-style box sapphire crystal used on the face and caseback, with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides, adding some significant thickness to this timepiece. This watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters (167 feet).
The grey textured dial is made from a meteorite that fell from space in Nambia, a country in South Africa, a long time ago. The chipped and irregular surface has a certain mystique to it, but knowing it came from outer space just enhances the mystery of it. There are two integrated platinum sub-dials, which help distinguish this version from its predecessors. These two sub-dials were made possible by combining the 12-hour counter and 60-minute counters on the same sub-dial at the 3 o’clock position; while the sub-seconds is located at the 9 o’clock position. The hour index markers and hands have a SuperLuminova coating, for enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position.
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Omega Grey Side of the Moon “Meteorite”
This “Omega Grey Side of the Moon ‘Meteorite’” (Ref#: 3126.96.36.199.99.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 9300, with 54 jewels and 28,800 vph. Features a co-axial escapement, a silicon Si14 hairspring and a Nivachoc shock system. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours. Mounted to this watch is a grey alligator strap, with rubber insert and a fold-over clasp and there is visible red stitching on the inner side of the strap.
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