Celebrating 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, the first to orbit around the moon, Swiss watch brand OMEGA presents a special model from the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon series of watches.
Cementing the Swiss watch brand’s space connection, this new model itself is unique within the Dark Side of the Moon line, as it houses a specially decorated version of OMEGA’s famous Moonwatch movement.
Its meticulously crafted skeleton dial displays the highly decorated movement workings inside. Laser ablation has been used to precisely decorate the bridges and main plate of the blackened movement, producing realistic imagery of the lunar surface. And like the moon, it reveals two unique sides. The dial-side is a light shade to represent our view of the moon’s surface from Earth, while the back of the watch delves into the dark side that only astronauts get to see.
Sticks to the design principles coined for the “Dark Side of the Moon” series, the entire watch is made with black zirconium oxide ceramic. To contrast this dark tone, the brand has chosen a yellow colour coding to highlight the brand’s association with racing. OMEGA first used colour coding in its Speedmaster collection in 1968 for a Speedmaster Racing model.
The chronograph hands are varnished yellow, while the watch’s tachymeter scale and crown are filled with Super-LumiNova. The black and yellow theme extends to the leather strap, which contains a section of yellow rubber through the middle. A milling tool has then been used to create micro perforations through the constructed strap to reveal the yellow rubber inside.
“WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE” – the special words engraved on the caseback – were spoken by Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell on board the Apollo 8 mission at the start of the crew’s pioneering orbit to the dark side of the moon – a mysterious hemisphere never seen before by human eyes. Seconds before the spacecraft disappeared beyond the range of radio contact, Lovell spoke these final assuring words to ground control.
This mechanical chronograph watch is powered by a blackened and decorated version of the Calibre 1861 – called 1869 as a tribute to the first moon landing.