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Omega Speedmaster Grey Side Of The Moon Meteorite Watch

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side Of The Moon Meteorite Watch Watch Releases

For Baselworld 2016, Omega has made a big push to incorporate METAS Master Chronometer movements into their watches, but not all pieces are getting that specific upgrade. For one of their latest releases, they have come out with a new version of the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon made with a historically apt material. The new Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite watch seems a bit obvious when you think about it, but the folks at Omega know fans of the line will appreciate the novelty.

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side Of The Moon Meteorite Watch Watch Releases

Yeah, that is not exactly a name that rolls off the tongue, is it? The Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite (ref. 311.63.44.51.99.001) does tell you very clearly in its name what it is all about. In this case, it’s the meteorite dial from a rock that fell from space in Namibia long, long ago. I have seen one meteorite-dialed watch in person, and plenty of photos, and I will admit that the etched surface never fails to captivate, as that crystalline weave is unlike anything else I have seen. It also makes sense in the context of the Speedmaster being known as the Moon Watch – why not get another space reference in the mix?

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side Of The Moon Meteorite Watch Watch Releases

The meteorite is not the only interesting material in use on the Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite. The 44mm ceramic case is there but how it’s topped is new this time around as well. Not just a “simple” ceramic bezel, the bezel ring is made of silicon nitride which is supposedly both harder and lighter than ceramic, with a tachymetre scale printed with OMEGA Ceragold™. Trademarks aside, this looks to be a clever way that the brand has gotten their rose gold compound to bond with the ceramic, creating a smooth (and I would hope durable) application.

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side Of The Moon Meteorite Watch Watch Releases

The rose gold provides a soft burst of mellow color against the overall appropriately grey look of the Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite, and manages to get the indices and handset standing out against the patterned dial without the brashness that a yellow gold could carry. I know I personally shy away from gold watches as well as those with gold accents, but I think it does make sense here. If you went with any sort of non-colored metal say, polished steel or silver, it would have a tendency to get lost in that dial. With the red gold here, you get the demarcation you want without it overwhelming the watch.

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side Of The Moon Meteorite Watch Watch Releases

For all I have to like about the materials and overall look of the 13’000 CHF Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite, it’s just a new take on a watch Omega has been producing over the past few years. Yes, the 9300 is a solid movement, and the Speedmaster itself is an iconic design. A few years back, I was rather enamored of the ’57 variants of the Speedmaster, but this latest one – the Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite – isn’t doing quite the same thing for me. The dial and material usage is interesting, for sure but I think Omega knows that this is a watch for a specific kind of enthusiast with a price of 13,000 CHF. omegawatches.com

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  • Surprised they didn’t take this opportunity to also upgrade it to a Master Chronometer movement

    • GW

      Agreed. Wonder if they’re going to tweak it in a year or two and add the new movement…

    • somethingnottaken

      Are any of the Omega chronographs master chronometers yet?

      • Did you miss the unveiling of the Planet Ocean chronographs and the new moonphase Speedmasters?

        • somethingnottaken

          Apparently I did. Actually I’m catching up on my blog reading so it’s likely that I just haven’t got those released yet.

  • iamcalledryan

    Meteorite has ALWAYS belonged on these dials! I would prefer this without the red gold accents, and the black/white date disk.

    • Timestandsstill

      My sentiments exactly!

    • JimBob

      #GOLDISBEST

  • funNactive

    Beautiful watch. I like the rose gold accents with the Meteorite dial. This case is a little large for my wrist though. I’d take the elegance of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite [one of my favorite watches] ( http://ablogtowatch.com/jaeger-lecoultre-master-calendar-meteorite-watches/ ) – same price range but with a triple calendar instead of a chrono. – But if you want a sportier look, this is a great option. Probably my favorite Omega.

  • ZBT71

    Now I am really confused, so many Speedmasters and never enough money!

  • JimBob

    Silicon nitride is, in fact, a perfectly ordinary ceramic.
    Off the top of my head I can only guess that it works better for their CeraGold process than ZrO2

  • word-merchant

    I think it’s amazing the no-one’s commented that the slither of meteorite used for the dial has a symbol that looks remarkably like the numeral ‘8’. Coincidence, or the sign of a higher alien technology at work? In fact, how much do we really know about Omega at all.

  • BNABOD

    for roughly the same price one can get the Rolex Daytona or this with some gold and a pretty neat meteorite dial. I would tend to go with the moon while obviously the two chrono feel a different niche.

    • JayK

      Daytona’s got a 2 year waiting list…

  • SuperStrapper

    It wouldn’t be lovely if it weren’t for the coloured gold and red enamel accents. Puke. Trade the coloured gold for white and the red enamel for anything else and it’s a winrar.

  • Roman

    A meteorite from the grey side of the moon. It’s beautiful. Meteorite texture looks great on dials.

  • somethingnottaken

    The concept is, perhaps, a bit corny and less than original. But, I still like the end result. It’s my favourite ceramic cased Speedmaster so fare; however, as an extension to a now well established line it’s less exciting than the fist few models.

    The rose gold makes for a legible high contrast dial and bezel, and the largish size makes sense for a chronograph as it helps keep the relatively complex/busy face readable. Oh, and the white on black date wheel is noted and appreciated.

  • obijohn

    These are IMO the best looking of the ceramic Speedmasters, by far. You have to see them in person to really get it… the photos don’t do it justice. How the meteorite dial changes depending on the angle of the light striking it, how the Sedna Gold and the red really tie in and coordinate with the meteorite dial and grey ceramic case. It’s very elegant and subtle… a watch that makes a statement like a gold GMT II but without being as ostentatious, like a gold GMT II. I love mine, and my friends and acquaintances who know watches are intrigued by it… and it isn’t just another Submariner or Daytona.

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