The Moon and the Tides: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Alinghi Edition

Before it became known as the “Moonwatch,” Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph was designed and engineered for auto racing. In celebration of its partnership with the Swiss sailing team Alinghi, a challenger for the 2021 America’s Cup, Omega takes the Speedy back to its race-timing roots, this time with a distinctly nautical flavor. Here is what you need to know about the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Alinghi.

Described by Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann as the product of “two great Swiss brands combining their passion for innovation and sailing,” the new watch features a 44.25-mm case in black zirconium-oxide ceramic, the traditional material of the “Dark Side of the Moon” sub-family within the larger Speedmaster collection. Inside is the manual-winding Caliber 1865, based on the 1861 movement that powers the Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8 model (reviewed in detail here) and enhanced with laser ablation on its mainplate and barrel bridges that mimics the honeycomb pattern on the carbon hull of Alinghi’s TF35 catamaran boat. Other bridges feature a laser-ablation carbon motif also inspired by the look and material of the hull. Omega says that the caliber’s lightweight, thin construction makes it ideal for sailing crews, to whom every minuscule unit of weight on board their vessels makes a difference.

The watch’s black-with-red-details aesthetic is inspired by the colors of the Alinghi logo, which have been cleverly incorporated into the case and dial details. A red varnished Alinghi logo appears on the chronograph stop-start pusher, while the traditional hand on the 6 o’clock subdial has been replaced by a sandblasted anodized disk with a trasferred Alinghi emblem (a stylized “a” formed by two churning boat waves), which rotates when the chronograph is activated. The distinctive red is also used for the central seconds hand, the 4-to-5-minute tactical time display on the 3 o’clock subdial, geared for regatta countdowns; and the word “tachymètre” on the bezel’s tachymeter scale, a hallmark of Speedmasters and a link to their motorsport-timing roots.

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon comes on a perforated black rubber strap with red lining and stitching, echoing the colorways of the dial and bezel. It is priced at $10,800.

Manufacturer:Omega SA, Jakob-stampflistrasse 96 Biel-Bienne, 2502 Switzerland
Reference number:311.
Functions:Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with regatta timing, tachymeter
Movement: Caliber OMEGA 1865, manual winding, 21,600 vph (3Hz), approx. 48-hour power reserve, laser-ablated and blackened with “honeycomb” and “carbon design”textures
Case:Black ceramic case with transparent caseback, Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, water resistant to 50 meters
Bracelet and cla­­sp:Perforated black rubber strap with red lining and stitching
Dimensions:Diameter = 44 mm, height = 14.55 mm
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  1. Michael J Taylor

    I don’t understand the logic of creating a special limited edition essentially non-waterproof (50m) America’s Cup sailing watch. If you are fortunate enough to get onto that boat, and go for a sail, whatever you do, don’t get your watch wet!

  2. At first glance, I thought “wow”. But when you zoom in, ME is right, way to busy.

  3. Nicholas Sokach

    Sorry bad design with pushers exposed openings on the underside. A strong chance for perspiration contamination. Very busy dial!

  4. McDevitt Thomas

    Great looking, In my opinion not worth the price. I use to keep track of the Special Editions but ran out of paper. LOL

  5. I wasn’t aware that the 2021 Americas Cup was to be held on the moon,surely broadcasting from the dark side of the moon will present some highly technical challenges! Nice watch though

  6. Michael Edward

    The watch face is so busy i find it fifficult to quickly glance and see the time….hour and minute hands should stand out . Not blend in.

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