NASA’s Apollo 8 mission in 1968 was the principal flight where the astronauts circled the Moon, see Earth altogether, witness the Earth rise and – here it comes – see the furthest side of the Moon. Or on the other hand clouded side. On their wrists, a Speedmaster.
Now, almost 50 years after the fact, Omega acquaints you with the furthest down the line addition to the Dark Side of the Moon collection. Not a dark artistic Speedmaster Professional like we anticipated half a month prior, yet a watch dependent on the current Dark Side of the Moon models. Notwithstanding, not with the celebrated bi-compax type 9300 movement, however with a hand-wound type 1869 movement. This manual winding chronograph movement depends on the celebrated type 1861 movement, however with a nickel covered equilibrium haggle, darkened screws, darkened scaffolds and principle plate. The last addresses the close (front) and far (posterior of the Moon. The movement can be respected from both the front and posterior of the watch, due to skeletonised dial and the sapphire caseback. Laser ablation has been utilized to finish the extensions and plates, so it got this lunar surface look.
Just like the Dark Side of the Moon arrangement, the new Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 has a 44.25mm case, yet isn’t as thick because of the utilization of the hand-wound type 1869 movement. It estimates 13.80mm in stature, and 21mm between the carries. The case is made of black zirconium oxide fired, similar to the next Dark Side models.
Omega utilized yellow as a contrasting tone for the chronograph hands, hour markers, and the tachymetre word on the earthenware bezel. You will likewise discover yellow sewing in the dark dashing lash just as the (elastic) inside section of the tie, which can be seen through the micro perforations.
From the public statement: “WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE” – the extraordinary words engraved on the caseback – were spoken by Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell on board the Apollo 8 mission toward the beginning of the crew’s pioneering circle to the clouded side of the moon – a baffling half of the globe never seen by natural eyes. Seconds before the space apparatus vanished beyond the scope of radio contact, Lovell talked these last guaranteeing words to ground control.
We will get our hands on this new Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 piece tomorrow, on the principal day of BaselWorld. We are interested to perceive how it will feel on the wrist, this half breed model between the Dark Side of the Moon and the hand-wound Moonwatch: a hand-wound Lemania based movement in a 44.25mm fired case. We will have returned to you in no time with an active report on this Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8.
Retail cost of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 reference 3126.96.36.199.01.001 is CHF9000.- Swiss Francs.
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