Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8: Malaysia Price and Review

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Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 

One of the most famous watches from Omega has to be the Moonwatch. It is the only watch that has constantly surpassed NASA’s rigorous testing process and is also the space agency’s watch of choice for their astronauts, something the Russians have also adopted. Since then, a variety of renditions has been produced.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 crew becoming the first humans to see the dark side of the moon, a previously mysterious plane to space observers. With that in mind, Omega unveied an incredible looking chronograph this year, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

As the name implies, the case is entirely black and made from ceramic with a matching bezel to boot. The white Super-LumiNova scales and hour indexes offer a cool contrast to the ostensibly pitch-black tone of the watch that echoes the pioneering spirit of the Apollo 8.

That being said, the real charm of this Moonwatch doesn’t just lie with the all-black case but also the blackened movement seen via the skeletal dial with real image rendering of the moon surface on the bridges that go all the way to the caseback. The monotone aesthetics get a pop of colour via a yellow central seconds hand and chrono counter hands. Also in the bright hue are the words ‘Speedmaster’ and ‘Tachymetre’.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

The watch is powered by the classic hand-wound Calibre 1861, which was also used in the original Moonwatch. For added nostalgia, the words: “We’ll see you on the other side”, uttered by Apollo 8 command module pilot James Arthur Lovell Jr, are engraved on the caseback.

Despite the multiple renditions of the Speedmaster Moonwatch over the years, it is pretty hard to find a flaw with this Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8. Its unique aesthetics and moon-inspired styling really make it out of this world, and a definite must-have for all space enthusiasts out there. The slimmer profile and all black design make for a comfortable wear that’s both versatile and eye-catching.

 Case

44.25mm black ceramic

 Dial

Skeleton dial with white markers, yellow chronograph hands and white Super-LumiNova-coated markers

 Movement

Manual winding chronograph Calibre 1861

 Strap 

Black leather with perforated yellow accents

 Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with central seconds, chrono hours and minutes

 Power  Reserve

48 hours

 Price

RM38,600

Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.