To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the NASA Apollo 8 mission, Omega has unveiled the new “Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8” at Baselworld 2018.

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This historic mission to Outer Space occurred in 1968 and was the first flight where the astronauts on board would actually orbit the moon.


Currently in stock at EiT are these three Omega Speedmaster “Darkside of the Moon” models: the “Moonwatch Dark Side of the Moon” (Ref#: 311. in a shiny black ceramic case you can see here or read an in-depth review on here;


“Omega Moonwatch Dark Side of the Moon” (Ref#: 311. * Image courtesy of: Omega

the “Dark Side of the Moon Pitch Black” (Ref#: 311. which takes the darkness of the case to black hole levels, as you can see here;


“Dark Side of the Moon Pitch Black” (Ref#: 311. * Image courtesy of: Omega

and the “Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite” (Ref#: 311. with the exquisite meteorite dial that was actually carved from a meteorite that fell from space in Nambia, South Africa. Its nuanced chipped and irregular surface attributes the dial with a certain mystique. We can even safely say it looks “out of this world”, but you can find it on Earth by clicking here and read a detailed review here.

We also have this magnificent “Apollo” edition in stock: the “Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 45th Anniversary ‘Apollo XVII’ Gene Cernan” (Ref#: 311. limited edition watch with an alluring dial design with 18k gold accents and an engraving of the “Apollo God” in a sub-dial and on the case back; a listing with further detail can be seen here.


“Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 45th Anniversary ‘Apollo XVII’ Gene Cernan” (Ref#: 311. * Image courtesy of: Omega

The 44.25mm case is made of ceramic with a transparent case back that showcases the special black bridge Omega has equipped the caliber 1861 with for this edition. Also engraved on the case back is the the date on which the historic mission took place: “APOLLO 8, DEC 1968”; the model “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON”; and the inscription: “WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE”, which was said by astronaut Jim Lovell just before their spacecraft disappeared beyond the range of audio contact.


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Mounted to the case is a black ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale, with the word “TACHYMÈTRE” in yellow. It comes equipped with two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions with a setting-crown in-between them. This watch model manages to be a hybrid between the “Dark Side of the Moon” and the “Moonwatch” due to its hand-wound caliber. Topped by a sapphire crystal that also assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a black skeletonized dial with a lunar surface motif with steel applied hour index markers that have small yellow markers, followed by white printed minute index markers. These decorations mimicking the “lunar surface” on the bridges and plate were achieved via a laser ablation technique. There are three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position.


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Specks of yellow accents add liveliness to the over all dark color scheme. They can be seen on the bezel, near the hour index markers, the central chronograph hand and on the sub-dials, except for the sub-seconds. Under the Omega logo “Speedmaster” can also be read in a cursive and yellow font.


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Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

The “Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8” (Ref#: 311. is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 1861 with 18 jewels and 21,600 Vph. The caliber on this special edition is equipped with a special black bridge. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.


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Mounted to the watch is a perforated black leather strap with yellow accents and exposed yellow stitching, secured to the wrist by a ceramic pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.


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Written by Mauro Az