On December 21, 1968, the Apollo 8 spacecraft first sent humans to the nearest place on the moon and completed a round-the-moon voyage. In order to commemorate the feat of humanity, Omega released the Superbike Apollo 8 commemorative watch, which is called “the dark side of the moon.” This watch debuted at the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show in 2018. This is a special model made by Omega. It is numbered 318.104.22.168.01.001 and features a ceramic case and a black dial with a dark side of the moon and a yellow chronograph hand.
On December 21, 50, 50 years ago, Apollo 8 carried astronauts James Lovell, Frank Borman and William Anders from the Earth, flying around the moon for ten laps and then returning. This is the second manned space flight in the Polo plan. Apollo 8 not only saw the dark side of the moon, but also saw the rise of the earth from the moon’s direction (according to Anders on the eve of Christmas 1968) . This is a landmark moment in space travel, which will help to provide a viable basis for humans to truly land on the moon. Although the final landing on the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Apollo 8 first venture into the unknown space space (Apollo 8 is the first manned spacecraft to leave the Earth’s orbit), because of the load The first step of human lunar exploration is forever in history.
Replica watches Omega’s “Dark Side of the Moon” Apollo 8 is the result of this watch, the watch case is all black ceramic, width 44.25mm, thickness 12 mm, length between the ears is 49 mm, watch The overall size is large, but it is comfortable to wear on the wrist.
Careful look at the dial and movement of the Apollo 8 fake watches can quickly reveal the difference between them and the brothers. The disk surface of the Apollo 8 fake watch is semi-hollowed. The black part that is not hollowed out is the laser image on the surface of the moon. The chronograph movement from the left to the right of the two to three points is hollowed out. Turning the watch over, the large sapphire glass highlights the Omega Calibre 1861 hand-wound chronograph movement used in the Apollo 8 watch. The bridge also uses the same lunar surface as the disc surface, the dark texture matches the metallic silver, and the ruby bearing and various metal cams and hairsprings are the highlights.
Although Omega usually uses a more advanced 9300 coaxial movement in the moon’s dark-faced watch, using the traditional Speedmaster movement is an interesting gimmick for Speedmaster. As an original professional lunar watch, the 1861 looks very cool, with this light and dark contrast design. Omega is a bold attempt, as a model to pay tribute to Apollo 8, and as a mere watch, it is a hybrid of several stages – traditional and modern background in this It is reflected on the watch.
At the same time, the Apollo 8 watch is very easy to read, especially the chronograph elements use bright yellow. The outer ring of the dial has the right ceramic speed measuring instrument ring, and the dial details and contrast level are excellent, especially without leaving the root of the super design. At first glance, this is more like a racing watch, probably because of the bright yellow color of the disk and the matching strap.
Although the 1861 chronograph movement is not as technologically advanced as the 9300 calibre of other brother models, it can be cooler and more enjoyable. For example, the Apollo 8 is not only engraved on the bottom of the shell, but it is December 1968. The words are also engraved with “We will see you on the other side”, which was said when Jim Lovell was transmitted back to Earth by radio. After that, Apollo 8’s communication was blocked by their path around the moon. .
The Apollo 8 is paired with a yellow pin and a perforated leather strap that looks like a rubbery feel and feels comfortable. Although it looks very hard at first sight, this material does fit well and actually feels better than other leather straps in this price range. When viewed in daylight, the ceramic case is very shiny, and the matte-finished dial makes the watch look exceptionally delicate. This is definitely stronger than other dark-faced watches.