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THE SPEEDMASTER "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" APOLLO 8 BaselWorld 2018

This morning Omega introduced the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8. A special edition Speedmaster might not be the most novel idea, and one commemorating an Apollo mission even less. Still we're excited every time when BaselWorld is around to see what they came up with this year. And this one for sure didn't disappoint!

If I'm counting this right, this is the seventh variation of the Dark Side of the Moon (check on WatchBase!) but its the first one to pair this high-tech case with one of Omega's most old school movements - the hand-wound chronograph of the Speedy Pro. For this watch the 1861 got a laser-ablated to produce realistic imagery of the lunar surface on many of its plates and bridges - turning it into the caliber 1869 (not 1868 though?). The result is pretty wild, and it can be admired through both the openworked dial as well as the sapphire crystal case back. The latter is engraved with the words '"WE'LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE" , which were Jim Lovell’s final words spoken to ground control just before Apollo 8 traveled to the far side of the moon.

Yellow accents are found on the dial, hands, and strap, not unlike the 100-piece LE for the Porsche Club of America - adding a touch of pop to an otherwise pretty dark Speedy. Another cool contrasting element are the movement parts that are not black-coated & laser treated.

~Dale Vito
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