Posted by: acejewelers | May 3, 2013

BaselWorld 2013 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Day-Date

The Speedmaster is a classic like very few other watches. This evergreen has been in continuous production since 1957 and has an exceedingly rich and interesting history. While the iconic Speedmaster Professional -virtually unchanged since 1968 – provided a stable base to start from, the Speedmaster has seen many different shapes, movements and designs throughout the years.

Notwithstanding the enormous amount of variations that have been produced for the past 50+ years, there is yet one thing that Omega didn’t offer before: an all-black version of the Speedmaster. Somewhat surprising considering the trend for blacked-out watches that was started a few years ago and doesn’t seem to be leaving any time soon! This year however Omega came in with a bang and introduced the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon.

Black watches can roughly be divided in two categories: those featuring some kind of coating (either PVD or DLC) and those equipped with a case in ceramics. One might argue that the latter option is the harder one, requiring the skills and equipment to develop a case in a material that is totally different from the regular metals like gold and stainless steel. Obviously Omega took the high road with the Dark Side of the Moon: not only the case is made of high-tech ceramics, but also the dial, case back and even the buckle are made of this material! Impressive, as the case back and buckle are often made out of either titanium or stainless steel with other manufacturers. The strap is made of Cordura, a tough fabric that matches the dark and mysterious look of this Speedmaster rather well.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon is driven by the caliber 9300 co-axial, column-wheel chronograph movement, one of the highlights in Omega’s manufacture movement line-up. Not only is it finished in a wonderful fashion – as can be seen through the caseback – , the ‘two-eyed’ lay-out also gives each caliber 9300-powered Omega a very distinct look. To boot, the coupled minute-hour subdial at three makes for a very intuitive reading of the measured time.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon

Omega Speedmaster Caliber 9300 Co-Axial Dark Side of the Moon

Case: high-tech ceramics

Strap: Cordura

Diameter: 44.25mm

Movement: Caliber 9300, automatic, co-axial, columnwheel chronograph

Reference number: to be added soon

Price: to be added soon

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