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Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Review

by Karl Swanepoel 0

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4.5

A great addition to the legendary Speedmaster line with a superb new COSC certified movement.

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Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Review

The Speedmaster range by Omega has been one of the most prominent and iconic watch ranges of all time.

The most commonly known model in the Speedmaster range is without doubt the Omega Speedmaster Professional Man on the Moon. As the name suggests, this watch was worn on the moon by NASA astronauts in the late 60s and early 70s. To this very day, it is still the only watch that is certified for EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) by NASA.

As incredible as the Omega Speedmaster Professional may be, it is important to remember that the movement has not been changed since the 1960s. This makes it much better for watch collectors and space enthusiasts because they have the closest watch to the original that they can get, however Omega realised that there is a market for an upgraded version of the Speedmaster with one of their new in house Co-Axial movements. And thus, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon was born.

The Specifications

Crystal

Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case

Black ceramic

Water resistance

5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)

Size

Case Diameter: 44.25 mm

Lug Width: 20mm

The Design

The design of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is similar to that of the original Speedmaster Professional in some ways, and very different in others.

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For example, instead of using a stainless steel case, the new Dark Side of the Moon uses a black ceramic case. Also as I mentioned before the movement has seen a huge upgrade, this one now proudly displaying a brand new in house co-axial movement, more on that later.

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The Dark Side of the Moon stays true to the original design ethic of the Speedmaster Professional, while introducing a more intricate and interesting overall design.

The Case

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is housed in a black ceramic case. The case is finished differently on the different models, the two models that are featured in the review are the original Dark Side of the Moon (left), and the one on the right is the ‘Vintage Black’ variation.

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Both of these models are what is referred to as a ‘Sapphire Sandwhich’, which essentially means that both the crystal over the dial and the crystal covering the movement on the display caseback are sapphire. The original ‘moon watch’ Speedmaster Professional had a solid caseback and an acrylic crystal over the dial.

The case shape and functionality is almost identical to that of the original Speedmaster, with the crown and pushers positioned in the same way on the side of the case.

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The case bevels around acting as a guard for the crown and the pushers. This is also how it is done on the original Speedmaster Professional.

The Dial & Bezel

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon has a beautiful dark dial, with two sub dials and a date window at the 6 o’clock position.

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The large center seconds hand is the chronograph second counter, and the left hand sub dial has the running seconds. On the dial it states ‘Co-Axial’ which refers to the movement, and ‘Chronometer’ which means that it is a COSC certified chronometer.

Running around the bezel is a tachymeter scale which is used to calculate speed.

The Movement

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon has a beautifully decorated, in house column wheel chronograph. The caliber number is 9300. The movement is displayed behind a sapphire crystal caseback.

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It is a self-winding (automatic) column wheel chronograph movement. It also utilises Omega’s own co-axial technology, and uses a silicon hairspring on the balance wheel, which makes the movement extremely antimagnetic. This is also an innovation that Omega first brought to the market very recently.

The Strap & Buckle

The strap and buckle varies on the different models, but the original model has a nylon strap with a traditional ‘belt buckle’ style attachment that is signed with the Omega logo.

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The ‘Black Vintage’ variant of this particular model has a leather strap with a fold over clasp attachment, also signed with the Omega logo.

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Both of these straps and clasps are of a very high quality, making both of these watches extremely comfortable to wear.

The Box & Packaging

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon comes in a beautiful Omega branded box.

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Inside of the box are the operating instructions, some details about the watch, a warranty card and various paperwork related to the watch.

The Review

Overall, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon range by Omega is a very good one and in my opinion, in regards to what you’re getting, well worth the money.

It is most certainly not something that will fit into anyones price range, retailing at around £8,000. However, if you have this kind of money to spend on a watch like this then you cannot go wrong with the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon.

Also, F. J. Zelley, a jewelry and luxury watch shop located in Bishop’s Stortford are currently selling these exact watches, so if you live in London or the surrounding area, they are definetly worth checking out and it would only be a half an hour or so train journey. If you do visit, please let them know we sent you!

You can contact either Martin or Rob at martin@zelley.com and rob@zelley.com.

Pros

  • The movement is a beautifully decorated technological masterpiece
  • Comfortable size that fits a large variation of wrist sizes
  • A part of the iconic Speedmaster line by Omega
  • COSC certified chronometer
  • Timeless design
  • Sapphire crystal both over the dial and on the caseback

Cons

  • The ceramic case is more prone to shattering when suffering from a shock, however at the same time it is more scratch resistant.

Finally a huge thank you to F.J. Zelley for lending these watches for a review, and once again I can highly recommend checking them out. I have purchased some of my watches such as the Tissot PR100 there and I could not be happier with their service, attentional detail and quality support.

Wrapping up

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