Moon Landing

The Dark Side Of The Moon version of Omega’s classic Speedmaster is an instant classic that makes a dramatic statement.
Words by Bill Lindsey | March 29, 2024 | Luxury

When Omega launched the first Speedmaster in 1957 to celebrate the firm’s role as the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games, it created a new model line that would go on to be worn by the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission. The Dark Side Of The Moon version honors the lunar explorers, with a moonscape-patterned dial accented by a black triple-register layout keeping track of elapsed minutes and hours, and seconds, with those indicated by a titanium replica of the Saturn V rocket above a cutout allowing a glimpse of the inner workings. The hour and minute hands feature a luminous finish for low-light conditions, while the second hand is finished in high-visibility varnished yellow. The 44mm black ceramic case houses an in-house 3869 movement with a 50-hour power reserve, and provides water resistance to 167 feet. The transparent caseback is accented by an engraving reading: “Apollo 8, December 8, 1968; Dark Side Of The Moon.” Even if you never get off the ground, this is a must for serious collectors and a great everyday watch as well;