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.

Hands-On with the AAA Omega Replica Seamaster 300 Malachite and Lapis Lazuli

Every year AAA Omega Replica introduces certain models in platinum, sometimes gold; last year was the turn of the platinum Aqua Terra Worldtimer with an enamel dial. These top of the line watches are always launched quietly, perhaps because they are preposterously expensive. But they are always cool.

Dive watches with exotic dials are not new – Rolex used to make a Submariner with a lapis lazuli dial – but they are rare. The Omega Replica Watches Seamaster 300 with semi-precious stone dials is not a limited edition, but only a small number will be made.

Available in 18k yellow gold or platinum, the Omega Replica cases have the same dimensions as the pedestrian steel models, 41mm in diameter and 14.65mm high. Good enough for modern tastes, but still small enough to keep the retro feel of a proper remake.

The weight of the Swiss Omega Watches, however, is surprising, given their size. With platinum almost three times as dense as stainless steel, the platinum model feels exceptionally hefty, probably weighing close to 500g or a pound. In terms of tangible quality, the watches live up to their cost.

The cases are brushed on the top, and brushed on the sides, matched with alternating surfaces on the bracelet. And the bezels have coloured ceramic inserts to match the dials.

The dials are undoubtedly the highlight. Either lapis lazuli or malachite, the dials have printed markings and slightly sunken hour markers, with the Omega Replica Watches Swiss Movement faux vintage Super-LumiNova painted into engraved recesses. Given the fragility of stone dials – the thin slice of stone has to be bonded to a metal back for stability – the engraved hour markers are a surprising touch.

The movement has twin barrels and a 60-hour power reserve, as well as decorative touches reserved only for precious metal Fake Omega Watches, namely the rotor and balance bridge in 18k Sedna gold, Omega’s in-house, fade-resistant red gold alloy.