Omega: Take It On The Other Side

by Jamie Tan

Omega’s latest Speedmaster pays tribute to the Apollo 8 mission on its 50th anniversary.

Omega’s fascination with its historical links to NASA’s space program shows no signs of abating, and the latest result of that is the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8.

It’s a fitting time to release the watch, since 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apolllo 8 mission, which saw the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit, enter the Moon’s orbit, and finally return to Earth safely.

Apollo 8 was technically and historically significant for many reasons: among several firsts, it marked the first time humans have watched an Earthrise, when Earth appeared to rise over the Moon’s horizon from the astronauts’ perspective; the mission was also the first to have humans view the far side of the moon with their own eyes.

Omega’s tribute to the Apollo 8 mission this time is based on the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon released in 2013, which had a case rendered in black zirconium oxide ceramic.

Omega Speedmaster, images courtesy of Omega.

The novelty presented here, however, uses a modified Calibre 1861 found in the Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch”, instead of its predecessor’s in-house Calibre 9300 movement.

The movement has been specially decorated though, with its bridges and main plate blackened, then treated with laser ablation to recreate the lunar surface.

On the dial side, the Moon as viewed from the Earth is depicted.

On the case back, the far side of the moon (commonly referred to erroneously as the dark side of the moon) that is not visible from the Earth is rendered, thus harking back to the views that the Apollo 8 crew had during their mission.


Feature image courtesy of Jamie Tan.


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