Close-Up: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon”

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch black ceramic w/ moon backgroundSince its debut in 1957, Omega’s iconic Speedmaster chronograph, nicknamed “Moonwatch” for its presence on all six NASA lunar missions, sported a tricompax dial arrangement. In 2011, Omega outfitted the watch with a new co-axial movement and bicompax design, both of which are used again in the first Moonwatch with a black ceramic case, unveiled at Baselworld 2013.

The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch “Dark Side of the Moon” derives its name from its black zirconium oxide ceramic dial and matching black ceramic case, which is 44.25 mm in diameter and boasts both brushed and polished finishes. The dial is notable for its applied indices, made of 18k white gold, and the two blackened subdials at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock. This new bicompax subdial arrangement was first used on the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial Chronograph, the first Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch to contain Omega’s in-house chronograph Caliber 9300. As on that model, the subdial at 3 o’clock serves as both the 12-hour and 60-minute counter, using two hands to display the elapsed time intuitively. The small seconds subdial is at 9 o’clock, and the date is displayed on a window at 6 o’clock, the spot occupied by the elapsed-hours subdial in older models. (Click on photos for larger images.)

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in black ceramic

The hour and minute hands, as well as the hands on both subdials, are also made of 18k white gold. the central chronograph hand is rhodium-plated and ends in a red tip. For this latest version of its iconic moon watch, Omega has coated the hour, minute and chronograph hands, as well as the two small dots at 12 o’clock, with Super-LumiNova for legibility in the dark. The bezel, also made from polished black ceramic, has the Speedmaster’s familiar tachymeter scale, here inscribed in matte chromium nitride. The chronograph pushers are in polished ceramic. The watch, which is water-resistant to 50 meters, has scratch-resistant sapphire crystals in the front and back.


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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.


  1. Will says:

    This is a very nice looking watch. I saw one in a jewelry store and it was fantastic. At 44 mm it\'s a little too big for me...but a nice looking product.

  2. Stuart says:

    I have never been a huge Omega fan apart from a brief love affair with a Planet Ocean Chrono but this watch has my trigger finger itching..

    I need to see one up close and personal, thanks for a great review.

  3. mivenho says:

    I think that GTLS (\"tritium\") illumination, such as used on Nite brand watches, would have served this watch very well!

  4. Dougie Fresh says:

    great article on my list and really need to see in person but best write up I have read yet thx!

  5. Robinoz says:

    Thanks for the interesting and well put together download report. I had an Omega Speedmaster in 1969 and a few years later when I had it serviced, the servicing jeweller didn\'t seal it properly and the guts of it rusted. Since then I\'ve had a Tag-Heuer Professional 1,000 diving watch that has been running well for 20 years with an occasional new battery. I really love the black, ceramic Omega ... a lovely piece of engineering.

  6. Ross Salinger says:

    My seamaster has broken down twice in twelve years. My rolex had one repair in 34 years. And the rolex was fixed in a week or so 8-12 weeks for an Omega. Spending this much on a watch should be a reliable repairable timepiece. It doesn\'t if you buy an Omega in my experience.

    • Jackson says:

      Ross - Rolex watches are for wankers

      • Stuart says:

        That\'s like saying all BMW owners are wankers.. Just appreciate that people are different and we all have different tastes.

        Comments like yours are made simply to stir up trouble.

        And yes, I own a Rolex, I also own a Panerai and a Tag, which box do i fit in?

      • Ross Salinger says:

        Always attack the person when you have a weak case. Maybe no one will notice that you have no rebuttal.

  7. MrTissot says:

    Absolutely stunning! One of the best looking Omega watches ever!

  8. Debashish says:

    Omega always make fantastic watches!

    It really looks great in scratchproof black ceramic!

    Though its not cheap its not ultra-expensive either!

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