The replica Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Chronograph 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.
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.