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


To accompany its highly successful “Dark Side of the Moon” collection, Omega launched the Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon” last year. Fashioned from ceramic and platinum, the watch features several design elements that distinguish it from other Omega watches.

The watch’s look is inspired by the lunar dust that captured the footprints of the Apollo astronauts in the iconic images beamed back to Earth. When creating this watch, Omega had to employ a special process to capture the color of the lunar surface. The ceramic material starts out white, but it takes on the required darker hue in a high-temperature plasma furnace. Exposed to a proprietary mix of gasses at a temperature of 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours, the ceramic emerges in a shimmering grey. This unique ceramic is used to create the case, caseback, bezel, crown, pushers and buckle of this 44.25-mm timepiece.

omega grey side of the moonIn another first for Omega, the engraved tachymetric scale on the bezel is filled with Super-LumiNova, making it highly legible in all lighting conditions. The “Ω” symbol on the crown is also filled with the luminescent material. The dial of this new Omega Speedmaster is sandblasted 950 platinum, and two integrated platinum subdials distinguish this model from its legendary “Moonwatch” predecessor. The subdial at 3 o’clock incorporates both the 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph counters, for intuitive reading of the elapsed time. The continuous seconds appear at 9 o’clock. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon” is presented on a grey leather strap. Red stitching on the underside of the strap complements the red accents on the in-house Omega Co-Axial caliber 9300 movement, which is visible through the beveled sapphire crystal caseback. This movement is fitted with an Si14 silicon balance spring for improved timekeeping performance under all conditions. The Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon” is offered with a four-year warranty and is delivered in a special presentation box. The watch is priced at $12,000.

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This article was originally published on October 9, 2014, and has been updated.

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8 Responses to “Close-Up: Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon””

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  1. My Omega Seamaster 300 m, blue dial accuracy is plus 1,85 sec/per 24 hours.
    Brand new watch. Canadian price CAD 4,995 incl. taxes.

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  2. Zirconium oxide has a fusing temperature 4856 F ,what remains to 36000 F heheh

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  3. Jim Davis

    Once they dropped the ‘6’ subdial, they should have enlarged the ones at 3 and 9 as they did on the 57, especially since the one at 3 is doing double duty now. These look like they atrophied, or haven’t fully grown.

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  4. precisionswisstime

    All good my next on the collection to be George from precision swiss time in Australia

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  5. I hope this is a Master Co-Axial movement. Since Omega is rolling out the movement in its watches.

    I don’t understand why the Dark Side of the Moon’s movement hasn’t been upgraded.

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