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Omega introduces a new Dark Side of the Moon Speedmaster

Omega pays homage to an iconic Apollo mission with a new Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

In 1968, Apollo 8 marked history as the first human flight to orbit the Moon, with each astronaut equipped with an OMEGA Speedmaster. OMEGA pays homage to this iconic mission with the new Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, utilizing advanced technology and expert craftsmanship. Initially released in 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary, the brand now enhances the design with superior detailing and refinement.

The Calibre 3869 of the watch features a laser-ablated Moon relief on the blackened main plate and bridges, revealing two different sides just like the Moon. The dial-side mirrors our view of the lunar surface, while the back showcases the unseen dark side. This update enhances the Moon's definition through laser engraving and contrasting surfaces, complemented by light grey coated wheels and a dark grey gold coated balance wheel.

The manual-winding Calibre 3869 attains the Co-Axial Master Chronometer standard, ensuring the highest precision, chronometric performance, and magnetic resistance.

The Moon-decorated movement is visible through the watch's skeletonized dial made from black anodized aluminium, creating a unique aesthetic. This refined timepiece is a testament to OMEGA's dedication to precision and lunar exploration.

Making the 44.25 mm case, polished bezel, and case back, OMEGA employed individual components of black ceramic. The tachymeter scale was meticulously filled with luminous white "Grand Feu" enamel.

The watch's central chronograph seconds hand and perforated strap feature a vibrant yellow theme on a black rubber base. A distinctive Grade 5 Titanium small-seconds hand at 9 o'clock mirrors NASA's Saturn V rocket, achieved through laser turning and coloured with white varnish, ablation, and laser blackening.

Jim Lovell's iconic words, "WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE," uttered during the Apollo 8 mission's journey to the far side of the Moon are engraved on the caseback.

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