Today we take a look at two of Omega's most exciting chronographs: the Dark Side of the Moon and the Gray Side of the Moon. The replica Omega Speedmaster collection has long been closely associated with trips to the moon, where astronauts have worn them on lunar flights, so it makes perfect sense that a collection inspired by this great satellite would be available. From the in-house 9300 Co-Axial Chronograph to the all-ceramic construction, both watches contain almost all of Omega's best technologies, but they differ in important stylistic aspects. Read on to learn more. The replica Omega Speedmaster is a phenomenon in the world of watch collecting. It is one of the staples of our community. In fact, it is somewhat difficult to find collectors who have not owned at least one collector for a long time. The pedigree book of this watch is almost unparalleled, with a rich story behind it and a strong focus on heritage and keeping its design pure. The two Omega Speedmaster replica watches we are looking at today are updated versions of that classic. Their similarities are obvious, but the materials used for the cases and movements are a huge upgrade. By far, the Dark Side of the Moon is the most covered of the two watches and has been well received. The name is certainly accurate - it's very, very black, with an all-black ceramic case, black ceramic dial and black strap. Perhaps more impressive, however, is the fact that the Omega Speedmaster's face is not matte black, but has an extremely high polish. The ceramic case looks as if it were made of a hitherto unknown dark metal and the dial is almost polished to a mirror finish. All of this is accented by extremely high-contrast brilliance. It is more or less Omega's stealth bomber.
When we first got our hands on the replica Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, we were immediately thrilled by it. Normally, it takes me a few seconds to really embrace something I like, but when I first saw the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, I think I spontaneously said "cool". Omega knew it would be appreciated, but they didn't know how much. Omega's CEO even confided in me that they sat on the concept for a few years because he wasn't sure when the right time was to release it. One of the problems he said was production. Figuring out the case is the real issue, and that's one of the main challenges with ceramics. Also, if you are new to this and are wondering why replica watches should be made of ceramic in the first place, it is because ceramic is highly resistant to scratches and abrasion. In theory, ceramic is by no means a luxury material, but in practice, it can be very complicated to manufacture correctly. This watch and most other prestige replica watches that use ceramic are actually using zirconium oxide (ZrO2). A ceramic-based powder is mixed with a pigment and then formed into a shape. That shape is then baked to shrink and create the final shape. Because the material shrinks, turning it into the exact color and size is never an easy task. Therefore, the tricky part of working with ceramics is the process of conceptualizing the production and finishing each part. Once that process fails, it's relatively simple in terms of production. The replica Omega Speedmaster Moon Dark Side Of Moon case is made entirely of ceramic, including the case, pushers, clasp and dial. The " ZrO2 " label can be found on the back of the case as well as on the dial, right where the main hand is located in the center of the face. This is not the first ceramic watch, but as far as we know, it is the first Omega watch with a complete ceramic case. Although Omega has been using ceramic for several years, it is still used as a bezel material (mainly for the Planet Ocean and other Seamaster parts) and as part of the case for its Ladymatic models. Ceramics are an important part of modern Omega watch production, and the dark side of the replica Omega Speedmaster Moon is an accumulation of this dedication to the material. What makes this particular ceramic case distinctive is the finish, which is a very important point for understanding the greater appeal of the watch. Most ceramic watches have a finish on the entire case. Most ceramic replica watches are polished and some are matte. I don't think I've ever seen a ceramic watch that was completely brushed, but I have seen brushed ceramic parts, such as the bezel. The finishing that Omega did to the replica Omega Speedmaster Moon Dark Dark Of The Moon mimics the finishing of the metal Speedmaster in its ceramic case. This means that the upper part of the lugs as well as the sides (flanks) of the case have been brushed and polished, which helps to reflect the personality of the watch and is a key element of the design.
Speaking of the replica Omega Speedmaster case back, its sapphire glass window offers a view of the decorated movement and its brushed black ceramic frame offers historically inspired engraved text indicating the date of the Apollo 8 mission (December 1968) and the famous quote "During the Apollo 8 crew's Radio communication was out of range before Jim Lovell, the pilot of the command module, preached during the historic journey (a phrase also engraved on the case). The movement itself - whose lunar landscape complete with bridges and plates adds visual appeal to an already attractive architecture that should be admired by even the most experienced connoisseurs of the replica Omega Speedmaster and its famous movement - is based on the same movement with a historical chronograph inside the movement. Omega's hand-wound movement (based on the Lemania 1873 in 1969) was the first replica Omega Speedmaster to go to the moon in 1969. While this vintage movement is still used in mainstream Speedmaster professional "moon" models, the Apollo 8 is the first dark side watch to be used in the Omega Speedmaster Moon; previous replica Omega Speedmaster models were already equipped with self-winding Co-Axial chronographs, certified by Calibre 9300. Calibre 9300 certification, with a chronograph reading of only two registers instead of three. This movement is, of course, the first of its kind to be skeletonized and enhanced by laser ablation finishing. This version of the legendary lunar movement is known as caliber 1869, in honor of the 1969 lunar landing year - although one wonders why Omega would not only change the " 8 " in the reference number, but also just to make the homage more obvious. The movement retains a 48-hour power reserve when fully wound. It does not have a stop-second function, but incorporates a decoupling mechanism to prevent the winding from being interrupted. I admit that after months of reviewing automatic replica watches, the convenience of not having to wind the watch every day is sometimes not needed, although the watch is very easy to wind and keeps time very accurately even after more than a day and a half.