When the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon made its debut at Baselworld 2013, many took it as an instant classic, and there was good reason for that. Its black ceramic case, dial, crown, and pushers – paired with one of the cooler names the Swiss watch industry had come up with in a fairly long time – the “DSotM” quickly moved from boutique store windows to months-long waiting lists. After last year’s Grey Side Of The Moon (hands-on here), the amazing, deep black is back, this time around, with four new colorways.
To cut straight to the chase, here are the four new models of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon, as seen from left to right on the image above: Sedna Black (reference 318.104.22.168.06.001), Vintage Black (reference 322.214.171.124.01.006), Pitch Black (reference 3126.96.36.199.01.004), and the highly appropriately called Black Black (reference 3188.8.131.52.01.005).
First, the similarities: all four versions feature the Omega Co-Axial 9300 caliber with running seconds at 9 and 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters at 3 – no word just yet about it being a Master Co-Axial, i.e., anti-magnetic to 15,000 Gauss – the original 44.25 millimeter wide and 16.14 millimeter thick case in black ceramic (ZrO2), as well as the original Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon’s brushed ceramic caseback ring.
Now, for the differences: the odd one out has to be the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black, probably the most surprising model of the lot, with – and prepare for some darker-than-dark stuff here – a black case, black ceramic dial “mattened” with laser technology, blackened applied indices, and black Super-LumiNova on the indexes and two dots at 12. Given the dark theme and look of the original Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon (review here), Omega decided to take it all the way, making for one of the most impressive all-black high-end watches available today. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black joins a slowly but steadily growing group of all black watches which, among many others, includes the Bell & Ross BR03-92, a number of different Hublot offerings (like this tourbillon minute repeater), or the Romain Jerome Batman DNA.
While all-black watches are certainly not for everyone – legibility and hence functionality arguably take a back seat to styling, although we are genuinely looking forward to reporting on how this piece performs in that department – the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black may very well be the strongest contender in that group right now. This blend of Moon Watch design elements and a blackhole-like light-absorbing aesthetic is just remarkably cool.
The Sedna Black adds some extra pop to the dark looks using 18k Sedna Gold components and two small, but noticeable splashes of red. Specifically, the bezel is now in brushed 18k Sedna Gold with a matt ceramic ring inlay and matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale, while the hands and applied indexes are also in Sedna Gold. This proprietary gold alloy of palladium, copper, and at least 75% of gold, is proprietary to Omega: Sedna Gold was specially developed in an attempt to make normal red gold more durable and hence more beautiful in the long run.
It clearly works as the matt grey dial and the gold indices and hands make for some stellar contrast – something the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black deliberately lacks. If the face of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Sedna Black looks highly familiar to you, that is with good reason: it looks much the same as last year’s Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Moonwatch Anniversary Edition (hands-on here), featuring the same color combination and matt dial with all marks (except the gold indices) in relief, achieved with laser-ablation technology. You can read more about the dial in our hands-on article linked to above.
The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Vintage Black is meant to be a bridge between the original Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon and the Sedna Black: it replaces the 2-year old model’s greenish colored indices and silver tachymeter scale with what Omega refers to as “Vintage”: the ceramic bezel now features “Vintage” Super-LumiNova on the tachymeter scale, as well as on the indexes and hands. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Vintage Black is just that: this balancing act between these vintage, orange colored accents and a black dial and case – no other color is present anywhere on the watch – both the silver minute tracks and the tiny splashes of red seen on the original have been omitted.
The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Pitch Black carries on this two-tone color scheme, albeit in a more dynamic and vibrant way: the infinitely deep black of the ceramic is matched with the electrifying green of SuperLuminova that has been applied to the tachymeter scale, all hands, as well as the indices.
You read that correctly: both the Vintage Black and the Pitch Black are said to have lumed tachymeter scales, reminiscent of the design seen on the also recently updated Speedmaster Mark II (review here) – see our review of that piece to see for yourself just how amazing the lume on the tachymeter scale looks!
In conclusion, as opposed to saving these four visually very different and yet thematically extremely consistent releases for the coming years, Omega – to our most pleasant surprise – decided to debut all four at the same time, at Baselworld 2015. The four new colorways of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon all feature something unique beyond different colors – from bezel materials through dial treatments all the way to the era they are inspired by – making for a total of no fewer than six amazing Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon offerings in ceramic – with the original DSotM and the Grey Side Of The Moon included – to choose from. omegawatches.com
Prices for the new-for-2015 versions of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon slightly vary and are as follows:
– Black Black (Ref 3184.108.40.206.01.005) 10’800 CHF, or around $10,750;
– Sedna Black (Ref 3220.127.116.11.06.001), 12,500 CHF or around $12,435;
– Vintage Black (Ref 318.104.22.168.01.006) 10,800 CHF or around $10,750;
– Pitch Black (Ref 322.214.171.124.01.004), 10,800 CHF or around $10,750.
Keep up with our pre-, post-, and live Baselworld 2015 coverage here.