As Omega fans knows that the brand had played a important role in space missions including Apollo 8 since 1965 as NASA officially acknowledged the Speedmaster as “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” after rigorous inspection and placed an initial order of 15-20 replica watches. Now Omega replica is celebrating the 50 years anniversary with a limited edition fake watch, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 with the price tag of $9,750 apiece, it’s an variation of the first black ceramic Dark Side of the Moon Speedmaster released in 2013, which has received great popularity among collectors or who is beloved of Moon Watch purists. Another remarkable model is the Grey Side of the Moon, which was debuted in 2016 with a meteorite dial.
The most notable feature of the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 is its skeleton dial, which would bring about controversial opinion among watch fans. Omega first debuted a skeleton version of the Speedy in 1992, but this time the movement is in darker color making the fake watch looks more menacing. It was also “laser-ablated to decorate the bridges and main plate with realistic imagery of the lunar surface,” Omega notes. The dial-side is a light shadow to show the view of the moon’s surface from Earth, while the back of the watch shows the dark side that only can be seen from space. This modified version of the brand’s Calibre 1861 is called the 1869 to commemorate the first moon landing in 1969.
The whole replica watch is produced in black zirconium oxide ceramic, with striking yellow painted chronograph hands and a tachymeter scale and crown brim with Super-LumiNova. The black leather band also has a section of yellow rubber through its middle to maintain the black and yellow highlight scheme. The back of the fake watch is engraved with the words “WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE”, spoken by Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell on board during Apollo 8 as the spacecraft was going to lose radio contact with ground control as they began to enter the dark side of the Moon.