While NASA has plans to return to the moon in the very near future, luxury watchmaker Omega is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Apollo 8 mission and the first trip to the moon with a new edition of its Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” timepiece.
With the entire watch composed of sleek black ceramic, the dial has been meticulously skeletonized to reveal a blackened movement inside. In addition, the most striking feature is the laser-ablated movement which dons a realistic image of the lunar surface. The timepiece is complemented with a perforated black leather strap with contrasting yellow rubber through the middle, alongside its stitching, while the two distinct hues along with white are also prominent on the watch’s face.
Furthermore, the dial side of the watch is kept bright to represent the view of the lunar surface from Earth, while the back of the watch represents the dark side of the moon, as it is seen by astronauts. Around the transparent case-back, the words “We’ll See You On The Other Side” are implemented to reference former NASA astronaut Jim Lovell’s final words spoken to ground control just before Apollo 8 traveled to the far side of the moon.
It’s also worthy of note that Omega Speedmaster watches were worn by astronauts on board many of the largest NASA missions in history, including the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, hence the distinctive “Dark Side of the Moon” moniker. Suggested retail price for this timepiece is listed for about $10,062 or €8,900.
Earlier this year, Omega’s rare “Blue Side of the Moon” Speedmaster had us seeing stars.