Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon
Omega Reference: 318.104.22.168.01.007
Case Diameter: 44.25 mm
Case Height: 16.5 mm
Dial Color: Black with
Case Material: Black Ceramic
Strap: Nylon & Leather Strap with Black Stitching Black Titanium Deployant Buckle
As arguably Omega’s most famous watch, the Speedmaster holds an esteemed role in watchmaking history. We probably don’t have to tell you that it was the one that withstood torture testing to go to the Moon. Omega is naturally quick to tell that story because the Moonshot is one of humankind’s crowning achievements and the Omega Speedmaster was there for the ride.
Playfully nicknamed to commemorate the moonshot, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is so much more than your average Speedy. Constructed from an all-black ceramic case, at first glance, even an average person can tell this watch is different from the average Speedmaster.
Omega Caliber 9300/9301 Movement
In the mid-2000s, Omega made the conscious decision to move upscale by bringing all of its movements in-house. One of the first movements to come from this decision was the 9300 that powers this watch. As the chronograph counterpart to Omega’s venerable Calibre 8500, the 9300 is an extremely important movement to the recent (and more upscale) history of the brand.
First debuted in 2011 within the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, the Calibre 9300 movement features a co-axial escapement chronograph with a Silicium balance spring, two barrels, column wheel and vertical clutch. These features give the 9300 a 60-hour power reserve and minimized loss of accuracy. All of this makes the 9300 a truly impressive movement and makes it right at home inside the black ceramic case of the Dark Side of the Moon.
This movement gives you features such as a quick-set hour, 12-hour chronograph and a COSC Certification. If you’re used to a quick-set date, you may want to look at other Speedmasters, but if you’re used to Rolexes, you will be right at home.
Unlike older Speedmasters, and most Seamasters, that gorgeous 9300 is there for you to see thanks to a massive display back. Take a look and you can marvel at that beautiful movement any time you want.
Black Ceramic Case
Unlike other ceramic cases on the market, this one is made from just one block of ceramic. For Omega, this makes the manufacturing process difficult, but for the wearer, it makes the watch particularly gorgeous and less brittle because there are no joints.
Speaking of ceramic, while the first generation Dark Sides of the Moon (322.214.171.124.01.003) had a ceramic tang-type buckle on its strap. Meanwhile, this newer version (3126.96.36.199.01.007) has a titanium deployant buckle, making for a bit more durability and lightness on the highest-wear portion of the watch. While some Omega buyers may bemoan the loss of the ceramic buckle, they certainly won’t miss the replacement of a tang buckle with a deployant.
For a watch that has so many unique features, one of the most unique is its strap. Its nylon strap is unlike most others on the market. On one side, it’s all black. On the other, there’s the red stitching that came on the original version of the model. If you don’t want your Dark Side of the Moon so “Dark,” there’s a way to do it just by turning over the nylon strap.
These days, many watch companies are claiming to have the next greatest thing. With the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, it truly is a classic. The watch officially debuted over three years ago, yet its popularity shows no signs of dying down. It has spawned variations such as the Gray, Light, and even “Darker” Sides of the Moon, and while these are good watches in their own right, they are not the original.
Black is a timeless color that can go with any fashion, and this watch, as sporty as it is, would look at home with a sports jack and jeans. For more information about the Dark Side of the Moon, call Chitown Watch at 224-875-2051.