Up Close with the Omega Replica Watches Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8

Launched five years ago, the all-ceramic Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most definitive AAA Omega Speedmasters Replica Watches of this generation. Back then the idea of an blacked-out Speedy would have seemed like an attempt to turn a tired workhorse trendy. But it wasn’t just a black-coated Moon Watch, instead the original DSOTM had a ceramic case, dial and even buckle, as well as a top of the line automatic chronograph movement, making for a confoundingly magnificent watch.

In keeping with the DSOTM series, the Apollo 8 still has the same 44.25mm zirconium oxide ceramic case. Though it’s significantly larger than the Moon AAA Omega Replica Watches, the size is not apparent due to the dark colour of the case and dial.

Practically everything on the outside is ceramic, including the bezel, crown, pushers and case back. The ceramic is sharply finished, with alternating brushed and mirrored polishing, giving it a precise surface that resembles metal. But that’s where the similarities end.

Unlike earlier DSOTM Speedmasters which were powered by the two-register, Co-Axial calibre 9300, the Apollo 8 Speedmaster houses the old school, hand-wound cal. 1861, the same movement found in the current iteration of the classic Moon Fake Watches.

The most distinctive change, however, is the skeletonised dial, revealing the movement’s blackened main plate – matched with blackened screws – itself also open-worked and decorated via a process of laser ablation to achieve a topologically accurate surface of the Moon; basically a miniature replica Luxury Watches of the Moon on the dial. And the relief Omega and Speedmaster on the dial are also executed with laser ablation.

The same has been done for the bridges and main plate visible on the back, which replicate the other side of the lunar surface. The landscape of craters on the dial is a slightly lighter tone of black, depicting the Moon as seen from Earth, while the bridges on the back are one hue darker, intended to represent the dark side of the Moon.

The Swiss watch also enjoys some striking yellow accents and a perforated strap that plays to the chronograph’s inherent association with auto-racing, had it not gone to the Moon. In fact, the black and yellow colour scheme is reminiscent of the Michael Schumacher “Racing” Speedmasters of the 1990s.

More importantly, along with having a hand-wound movement that’s slimmer than the automatic in the other DSOTM Omega Replica Watches, the Apollo 8 does away with the “box-type” sapphire crystals found on its cousins, which reduces its overall thickness to just 13.8mm – 2.5mm slimmer than the other DSOTM watches.

Omega Speedmaster Replica Watches Blue Side Of The Moon

Rado is known for their ceramic watches for a long time already, but nowadays many watch brands have watches with ceramic casings in their program. The Omega Speedmaster Replica Blue Side of the Moon I’m wearing this week is not really an exception there. But why would a watch manufacturer choose ceramic as material for a watch casing?

The main reason would be the enhanced scratch resistance compared to stainless steel. And even more to precious materials like gold an platinum.Now all ceramics are harder than steel and/or gold. However, Omega Speedmaster Replica Watches they’re much easier to break or shatter as well.In fact, Zirconium Dioxide has the highest mechanical strength and fracture toughness of all major fine ceramics. These characteristics result in an extremely high resistance against wear.

Besides this strength, ZrO2 for a ceramic has a relatively high thermal expansion. As not all components of a wristwatch can be made of ceramics, metals have to be used in the construction as well. Think of the movement, winding shaft, etc. The thermal expansion of ZrO2 is almost equal to that of steel, and therefore often the material of choice for joining these materials.

Raw Zirconium Oxide is a white crystalline oxide made by heating to high temperatures in air or oxygen of Zirconium. The principal commercial source of Zirconium is the mineral Zircon. Two-thirds of Zircon mining occurs in Australia and South Africa. The worldwide annual total Zirconium production is approximately 1.5 million tonnes, which obviously isn’t all used for producing watch casings.

Best Omega Replica Watches Review full official model indication of the Omega Speedmaster Blue Side of the Moon I’m wearing is ‘Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph 44.25 mm’. No less. This immediately informs about the diameter of the watch, which is rather impressive as well. In my opinion, however, it’s OK-ish for a chronograph of this importance.