The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon 'Apollo 8 Edition' for 2024

Watches, like fine art, can be appreciated down to the tiniest details. Sometimes, a brand takes a beloved timepiece and adds subtle yet significant updates that capture the essence of the original while enhancing its appeal. Omega has pleasantly surprised us once again with its announcement on 16th January regarding the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 Edition.

Dark side of the moon apollo 8 watch

2018 Edition

This distinctive design first graced us with its presence in 2018, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the monumental Apollo 8 mission. One of the notable updates is the introduction of the Calibre 3869 movement, featuring a beautifully laser-ablated moon relief on the blackened main plate and bridges. This movement introduces a fresh concept, where the dial side is inspired by the view of the Moon from Earth, while the reverse side represents the dark side of the Moon.

Distinctive features

What makes this update even more special is that the Dark Side of the Moon now boasts a METAS-certified movement, marking a significant milestone. Another charming addition to the watch is the small-seconds hand, taking the form of the Saturn V rocket and positioned at nine o'clock. This delightful detail adds a fascinating dimension to the timepiece, achieved through intricate techniques like laser turning, varnish application, and laser blackening. Extremely cool and a great stand out feature of this new dial.

Apollo 8 Omega dial

While some may have preferences regarding the size of the Dark Side of the Moon, there's something to be said for Omega's decision to maintain its larger dimensions. Working with ceramic casing presents its unique challenges, and the larger size only enhances the watch's special appeal. Besides, a smaller case might not do justice to the intricate design of the Saturn V hand.


Final thoughts

Omega's 2024 update to the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 Edition brings meaningful enhancements that stay true to the watch's essence while elevating its performance and aesthetics. Whether you admire the larger size or appreciate the attention to detail, this timepiece with its rocket-inspired hand is bound to captivate watch enthusiasts

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