The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon replica watch feels so much more than a ceramic version of the modern Speedmaster.
Omega has cleverly been able to produce yet another model which really feels like more than the sum of its parts, and if you look at the minor details you’ll realize that this isn’t just another black ceramic-cased timepiece.
It combines the history and mystique of the Speedmaster collection, with a useful material, and very satisfying design that is both masculine, and just plain cool. What do you get when you upgrade one of the world’s most iconic sport watches into a cult item? You get the sport fake Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon.
What Omega did with the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is mimic the finishing of their metal Speedmaster watches for the ceramic case. This means that the upper part of the lugs as well as the sides (flanks) of the case is brushed versus polished, which helps frame the personality of the watch and is a major element of the design.
When we first went hands-on with the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon copy watch we were instantly thrilled by it. Usually it takes me a few seconds to really take in something I am going to like, but when I saw the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon for the first time I think I spontaneously uttered “cool.” Omega knew it was going to be appreciated, but they didn’t know how much. Omega’s CEO even confided in me that they were sitting on the concept for a few years because he wasn’t sure when the right time to release it was. One of the issues he said was production. Getting the case just right was the real issue, and that is one of the major challenges of ceramic. Further, if you are new to all this and wonder why watches should be made out of ceramic in the first place, then it is because of ceramic’s very high scratch and wear resistance.
“Dark Side Of The Moon” is engraved into the rear of the case, which forever tells the owner that this is a special model. Rarely do you see the names big brands give to their more exotic timepieces right on the cases. I find it really cool that Omega decided to put the name on edge of the case back – where there isn’t really that much room given the expansive sapphire crystal window offering a view into the movement. Another unique element of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon piece is the strap. Unlike other Speedmaster models that come on a bracelet or alligator strap (for the high-end 18k red gold models), this one comes on a black Cordura strap. Cordura is a coated fabric, and is offered here with a leather liner. On the inside of the strap is some red contrast stitching – just a hint to go with the touch of red on the dial. That the buckle is ceramic is also a rarity.
We offered a full review on the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph here so that you can better understand it. Though we will go over it again briefly right now. The famed Speedmaster collection gained world fame in the late 1960s for being on the wrists of the Apollo 11 astronauts when they traveled to the moon. Since then Omega has left the collection relatively classic looking, but has updated it over the years. Nevertheless, the classic “Moonwatch” has always continued to be in production.
The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon case is fully made in ceramic, and that includes the case pieces, pushers, buckle, and also dial. The “ZrO2” label can be found on the back of the case as well as on the dial just over where the main hands connect in the center of the face. Ceramic is an important part of modern Omega watch production, and the Swiss-made fake Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon is an accumulation of that dedication to the material.