The OMEGA Speedmaster in black ceramic

The OMEGA Speedmaster in black ceramic

Speaking of OMEGA, here is a brand new addition to the legendary Speedmaster collection in black ceramic, called “The Dark Side of the Moon”. The first people to see the dark side of the Moon, were the astronauts of Apollo 8. With this new model, Omega is paying tribute to all Apollo astronauts.

The black zirconium oxide ceramic dial, complemented by a matching ceramic 44.25 mm case with a brushed and polished ceramic casebody, features striking 18K white gold applied indexes as well as two blackened sub-dials that distinguish the timepiece from its legendary predecessor, OMEGA’s “Moonwatch”.

These two sub-dials are made possible by the innovative placement of the 12-hour and 60-minute counters on the same sub-dial at the 3 o’clock position, allowing a comfortable and intuitive chronograph reading.

There is a small seconds sub-dial located at 9 o’clock and a date window at 6 o’clock. The hour and minute Moonwatch-style hands are fashioned from 18K white gold, as are the hands found on both sub-dials; the central chronograph hand is rhodium plated and features a red tip for increased visibility of recorded seconds. Super-LumiNova coats the two dots at 12 and the hour, minute and chronograph hands ensuring that the wearing can read the time in a variety of lighting conditions.

Protecting this prominent dial is a box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.

Push buttons and crown of the new Omega Speedmaster

Push buttons and crown of the new Omega Speedmaster

The matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale – among the most identifiable design features of the Speedmaster – stands out on the polished ceramic bezel. The two polished ceramic chronograph control pushers on the case function totally independently – accordingly, there is no risk to the chronograph mechanism as a result of inadvertent manipulation.

This unique timepiece is presented on a highly durable black coated nylon fabric strap complete with a black ceramic buckle. The timepiece is water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet).

OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9300, equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring.

OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9300, equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring.

Engraved on the polished ceramic caseback in matt chromium nitride, above the bevelled scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, are the words “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” – an appropriate tribute to this Speedmaster’s heritage and its bold black design.

Learn more this exiting watch at http://www.omegawatches.com/darksideofthemoon .