WOTY 2013: Speedmaster The Dark Side of the Moon

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In November WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2013, made up of 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.

Highly commended for the WatchPro Sports Watch of the Year 2013 was the Omega Speedmaster The Dark Side of the Moon.

Omega’s Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon was a BaselWorld 2013 hit, popular with retailers and watch pundits for its all-black ceramic, giving this sports-family watch a more sporty look than ever.

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Omega’s Speedmaster models have all the credentials of sporting heroes – high precision, sturdiness, reliability, readability, ease of use, and in 1969 a Speedmaster became the first watch to be worn on the moon.

This latest all-black Speedmaster has a black zirconium oxide ceramic dial complemented by a matching ceramic 44.25mm case and 18ct white gold indexes and two blackened subdials that distinguish it from its predecessor, Omega’s Moonwatch. A red tip on the central chronograph hand and touches of Super-Luminova aid visibility. 

The matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale stands out on the polished ceramic bezel and two polished ceramic chronograph control pushers on the case function totally independently so there is no risk to the chronograph mechanism because of inadvertent manipulation.

The watch houses the Omega co-axial calibre 9300 and, in true sporting style, is resistant to 5 bar.

We were already sold by the moody look of this piece and when we flipped it over and discovered the words ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ engraved on the caseback we practically swooned.

 

To read a digital version of the WatchPro Watches of the Year 2013 edition click here.

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