omega speedmaster dark of the side moon apollo 8


The rugged surface of the moon is displayed on the dial and back of this new Speedmaster, as seen in close up by the three American astronauts on the famous Apollo 8 mission.

On 21 December 1968, almost half a century ago, the three men in the Apollo 8 mission took off towards the moon as part of the NASA space programme, launched during the presidency of John F. Kennedy (1917-1963). This trip into the depths of space, outside the earth’s orbit, led to the American astronauts orbiting the moon, seeing our planet in its totality for the very first time and observing the famous “Dark Side of the Moon”, the name given to the Speedmaster collection by Omega.

omega speedmaster dark of the side moon apollo 8 profileLike the other members of the family, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 has a ceramic case. The watch is black, 44.25mm wide and topped by a bezel with a tachymeter coated in white Super-LumiNova®. The dial is encircled by a chequered minute track, taking inspiration from the Speedmaster Racing watch created in 1968, and fully reveals the chronograph calibre 1869. This hand-wound movement is based on the 1861 calibre. On its laser-decorated blackened surface, the uneven design of the bright side of the moon is on one side, and the dark side is on the other. The mechanism runs at 21,600 vibrations an hour (3Hz) and provides a power reserve of 48 hours.

omega speedmaster dark of the side moon apollo 8 closeupThe watch designers have placed the hours and minutes in the centre, the running seconds at 9 o’clock, and the chronograph totalisers at 3 and 6, standing out with their bright yellow touches.

omega speedmaster dark of the side moon apollo 8 casebackOn the case back with its sapphire glass cover are a number of inscriptions, including the famous words of Jim Lovell (1928), the command module pilot, just before going behind the moon and temporarily losing contact with the Earth: “We’ll see you on the other side”.

Price: 9,700 CHF omegawatches.com

By Sharmila Bertin