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Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

To wear the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 is to make an authentic connection to space travel history.

50 years after the Apollo 8 mission, the first to orbit around the moon, Omega is releasing its newest Dark Side of the Moon timepiece. Unlike previous Dark Side models, this release houses a specially decorated version of Omega's famous Moonwatch movement.

To display the workings inside, the dial of this timepiece has been expertly skeletonised. 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.

Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

© Omega

In this new creation, Omega has again embraced its popular “Dark Side of the Moon” innovation, producing the entire watch in black zirconium oxide ceramic. To contrast this dark tone, the brand has chosen a yellow colour coding. Omega first used colour coding in its Speedmaster collection in 1968 for a Speedmaster Racing model. Today, because yellow is often most closely associated with speed, it was seen as the ideal choice for this new watch.

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.

Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

© Omega

"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.

Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

© Omega

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A company of the Swatch Group, OMEGA has been behind major revolutions in watchmaking technology and the timekeeping of numerous Olympic Games. Its watches are worn by world-famous celebrities and have travelled to the moon, the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.

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