At first glance, this new Speedmaster Apollo 8 Dark Side of the Moon isn’t that different from its predecessor with the exception of the rocket shaped running seconds hand. That might be the most obvious change but there other, more subtle ones too.
First, let’s talk about the rocket. It’s adorable. It seems that Omega is willing to get more playful with their designs as of late and we’re all for it. The rocket is a model of the Saturn V, a tribute to the vessel that carried the crew of the Apollo 8 around the moon ten times.
Unlike the real rocket, this one is crafted from Grade 5 titanium with a 3D structure made possible by laser tuning while the colours were achieved with white varnish, ablation, and laser blackening.
We’ve also got a new movement here, the in-house 3869 METAS Master Chronometer calibre. The Apollo 8 Dark Side of the Moon now for the first time has a movement with a co-axial escapement that is METAS certified. This means an accuracy of 0/+5 seconds per day and an upped magnetism resistance to 15,000 gauss thanks partly to a silicon balance spring. The 3869 offers a 50-hour power reserve.
The dimensions are basically the same as the 2018 model so we’ve got a 42.25mm diameter, 49mm lug-to-lug, and around 12mm in thickness.
Time + Tide have also reported that no longer has any lume on its crown and tachymeter, a feature of the 2018 model. Instead, they’ve used white enamel fillings on the bezel.
Lastly, the Apollo 8 Dark Side of the Moon arrives on a rubber strap rather than the leather of the 2018 model as well as introducing a deployant clasp rather than a pin and buckle.
The big problem with this piece is the price increase. The 2018 model retailed for $14,850 AUD, but the new model is debuting with a $23,650 AUD price tag. Ouch.
These are available for enquiry at Omega boutiques worldwide.