A new release of Baselworld implies another Omega Speedmaster Special Edition. This has become a custom – think Snoopy Award , Apollo 11 45th Anniversary , CK2998 or Apollo 17 45th Anniversary . This year, the space theme is as yet the primary fixing, as Omega praises the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 Mission. In that viewpoint, the brand decided to utilize the popular “Dark Side of the Moon” theme. Be that as it may, as you’ll see, the Speedmaster Apollo 8 is uncommon – outwardly and mechanically.
This new Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon “Apollo 8 50th Anniversary” is a combination of different components that we’ve seen effectively on Speedmasters, yet never rejoined in a solitary watch. In short:
- The exemplary Moonwatch case, however with a 44.25mm diameter
- The Dark Side of the Moon idea, which means a full artistic case
- The first Dark Side of the Moon with a hand-wound development, in view of unbelievable type 1861
- A in part skeletonised movement
- Laser etchings on the bridges
For this new restricted release of the Speedmaster, Omega utilizes the Dark Side of the Moon idea as a base, with the bigger rendition of the Professional Moonwatch case, estimating 44.25mm. Regardless of whether it is bigger, the shape is indistinguishable from the standard Moonwatch, with its deviated case, secured crown and pushers and lyre carries. Indeed, even the surfaces are done in a similar way, with brushed case groups and a cleaned incline as an afterthought. What changes here is the material and black zirconium oxide ceramic has been utilized wherever – case, bezel, crown, pushers and case back. The bezel is engraved with a tachymeter scale, featured with white numerals.
The full dark theme is differentiated by a few hints of yellow. Beginning with the punctured leather tie, with yellow elastic on the inside, yet additionally on the dial, with the three chronograph turns in stained yellow. This tone can likewise be found on the bezel (the “tachymètre” engraving) and on the dial, the hour markers and the “Speedmaster” logo.
The primary fascination of this Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon “Apollo 8 50th Anniversary” is to be found in the development – to be exact, on the two sides of the development. The development utilized here, type 1869, depends on unbelievable type 1861, utilized on the Professional Moonwatch for quite a long time. This is the first run through, notwithstanding, that the hand-wound development is utilized on a Dark Side of the Moon watch. Noticeable through the incompletely openworked dial is the movement’s fundamental plate, itself in part skeletonised to uncover a portion of the chronograph switches (mostly obvious on the left side).
The back of the watch additionally uncovers an exceptional treatment, with altogether darkened scaffolds, offering an extraordinary difference with the nickel-covered moving parts. Special to this Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 are the etchings applied on the two sides of the development – got by a laser removal measure, for a sensible delivering of the lunar surface. Much the same as the Moon has two faces, this watch shows two distinct styles. The inscriptions on the dial side represent our perspective on the Moon’s surface from Earth, while the rear of the watch digs into the dark side that lone space explorers get to see.
The case back, additionally in dark artistic, is engraved with “WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE” – words said by Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell on board the Apollo 8 mission toward the beginning of the crew’s spearheading circle to the dark side of the moon.
No words yet on a potential restricted creation of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8. It appears to be that this watch is an exceptional version yet not a restricted release – we will affirm during Baselworld 2018. This reference 322.214.171.124.01.001 will be valued at CHF 9,000. More subtleties on www.omegawatches.com .