Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8 Watch Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8 Watch Hands-On

Credit where it’s due, I value all of those colorful and uncommon events when I see proof for a major brand tuning in to its clients. Some of Omega ‘s hot-venders, including the great Dark Side of the Moon arrangement were, as indicated by numerous individuals of the brand’s committed supporters, just excessively wide and excessively thick to their benefit, driving numerous away from their wallets in their pockets and their otherwise much wanted watches at the stores. Presently, with this Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8 we see one more of those uncommon events when a brand tuned in and presented to us an up and coming delivery that addressed their cries – regardless of whether this implied conflicting with past willful standards or getting through hitherto hallowed discriminatory constraints in innovativeness. View, the slimmest and most wearable Omega DSotM yet.

All pictures by David Bredan

I said Omega betrayed some bad-to-the-bone standards with the Apollo 8 and I think understanding these is a higher priority than knowing the Apollo 8 story inside out. In any case, as we will see, the development decision assumes a significant part in delivering this Apollo 8 however exceptional as it seems to be – and Omega’s decision of development in itself is vital for two reasons. To begin with, it is extremely uncommon that we see a major brand place a “lesser” development into one of its higher-situated assortments; but then, that is the thing that occurred here. The extravagant, unendingly refined, innovative co-hub programmed chronograph of other DSotM watches was supplanted by a different take on the 1861 hand-wound type – more subtleties on this later. Second, it is maybe significantly more uncommon that we see a significant brand inventively redo one of its center developments but, Omega has truly made a special effort to make this type 1869 (as it is called here) stand out.


Beyond the issue of developments, Omega has likewise flaunted its capacities of – finally! – getting truly inventive with the first Moonwatch look and created something that, presently that it’s here, makes me need to ask “why didn’t this happen sooner?” Again, I think we’ll concur it is incredibly uncommon that we see significant brands take this much freedom with a center item. To flavor things up, Omega took things as far as possible, yet have not backed down of making the Speedmaster Apollo 8 a non-restricted release. Truly, you’re seeing this right: here’s a cool new Speedmaster that, incredibly, isn’t a restricted version, however will really be accessible at shops – given that it’s effective, which is difficult to trust it won’t be.

Cutting to the pursuit here, the decrease in thickness is however observable as it could be marvelous. That is very perceptible and very great. The past forms were a considerable amount of a burger, something they compensated for with their boss space-age, black/dark/white ceramic Speedmaster vibe. The Speedmaster Apollo 8 fills in as an astoundingly keen, imaginative, and amiable center ground between the badassery of the DSotM arrangement and the sentimental Moon/NASA narrating of the ordinary Moonwatch.

Don’t misunderstand me, at 44.25mm wide, the non-restricted release Apollo 8 is just about as wide as its past, current styled, Moon-themed ceramic partners from Omega, yet it, finally, looks and wears considerably more modest gratitude to a perceptible decrease in its thickness. This is made conceivable by Omega setting its extravagant and complicated co-pivotal developments aside – all of which come furnished with programmed winding – and supplanting it with a tweaked adaptation of the hand-wound type 1861 found in its exemplary Moonwatch and renamed to 1869 for this “Moonified” variant.


Losing the thick programmed winding development implied that the instance of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8 could be 2.5mm more slender than those of past DSotM watches, therefore now coming in at “just” 13.8mm thick. No doubt, that’s still generous in any case, as you can see a couple of shots further over, this implies that the watch can now finally lay level on its hauls, as any stately, non-stout watch case on a leather/material lash ought to have the option to do.

The lower generally stature involves upgraded wearing comfort, as the watch won’t get snared on sleeves and other common things of this present reality so often, and its weight will be drop down and will be perched on a more extensive back (instead of the limited sapphire box of the past variants), therefore now wearing with little to positively no wobble. Stress not however, this most recent DSotM has lost none of the presence of the past forms. Its black and yellow theme is however lively as it very well might be threatening and the impression is still substantial.

Where Omega might have tossed a hand-twisted 1861 into the black case with significantly less generally speaking exertion and innovativeness, I’m surely happy they didn’t. All things being equal, they spiced it up such that now other Moonwatches with this development look practically exposed in comparison. A large number of the plates and scaffolds of the development were supplanted by underlying components that are dark dim in their shading and bear the Moon’s design. With the purple gems and the dark, brilliant haggles one even pardons the short force hold or the absence of a section wheel.


What truly gets me however is the middle dial that was halfway opened to uncover a portion of the development under. Omega has made an outstanding showing with keeping things fascinating without making a wreck: all the sub-dials just as the fundamental signs remain totally readable consistently – not something that could be said about most other comparably inventive activities in watchmaking. The enormous, applied records stand apart considerably more perfectly, the stick hands are only ideal to offer readability without concealing a lot of the sight to behold, and the black-white-yellow difference implies that you can really peruse the time accurately.

Further treats incorporate sufficient lume on all fours and those, yet in addition on the bezel markings and, on the off chance that I review effectively, the Omega logo in the crown. In the event that you are snared on ceramic as well as on the Speedmaster, the DSotM line still particularly has you covered. The case is delightfully gotten done with sharp lines and rotating brushed and cleaned surfaces which, finally, can tolerate outing more as they aren’t overpowered by the sheer size of the thing. The multi-level bezel with the case sapphire gem is additionally a slick stunt at adding volume and camouflaging thickness all with the equivalent move.

While I recognized Omega for setting aside its relationship with restricted releases and its pride of its in-house types, the NASA narrating needed to proceed, clearly. While some I assume are growing somewhat burnt out on this, I have no uncertainty at about this methodology actually turning out splendidly for most of the Speedmaster clientèle, and that’s very okay. This specific piece is a commemorative release to Apollo 8, the initially monitored specialty to circle the Moon and therefore the first to see its “dark side.” I like the “We’ll see you on the other side” in light of the fact that it very well may be applied to regular day to day existence and is much less messy or unusual than the “What would you do in 14 seconds?” on this (mind you, profoundly collectible) rendition . I additionally concur with Omega’s choice this time around when they decided to leave the dial liberated from chronicled cites and such – definitely, I surmise it’s cool and all, yet I for one wouldn’t need to be helped to remember it each time I look at my watch. This is simply something more this new Apollo 8 gets right.


On the wrist, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8 feels and looks the best a DSotM has looked up until now. It’s enormous, yet wears all the more normally and comfortably – and, whoopdeedoo, how a watch feels on the wrist affects how it will wind up looking on it as well. The black and yellow might be a smidgen a lot for a few, yet then again, this was never intended to be your protected looking Speedy. On an individual note, I think the general equilibrium in esthetics, intensity, and long haul advance is totally right on target in this one. It truly is a heavenly body (ahem!) of very much settled on plan choices to the extent an out of control watch made for regular wear is concerned.

Available from around September, 2018 and valued at $9,750, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8 is an expensive, however extremely solid competitor. It is a job done the right way by a significant brand that figured out how to get the essentials, yet additionally the openly “demanded,” just as the innovative components right. Still a lot of a Speedy, yet, in my view, an invigorating one at that – and the best Dark Side of the Moon up until now. omegawatches.com