Omega Speedmaster ‘Blue Side Of The Moon’ Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster ‘Blue Side Of The Moon’ Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The "(Color) Side Of The Moon" has become a popular phrase at Omega ever since the original Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon (with its sexy black ceramic case) made a splash a few years ago at Baselworld. Omega has eagerly attempted to keep the colored ceramic case trend going with a series of different executions. Even Seamaster Planet Ocean dive watches are available in black or blue ceramic cases. The Omega Speedmaster Blue Side Of The Moon is the newest ceramic Speedmaster for 2017 – and actually the only new ceramic model. The official (full) name for the watch is long as per typical Omega practice and is the Omega Speedmaster Blue Side Of The Moon Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On
All images by David Bredan

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Rather than focus on the standard Speedmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph with the in-house made caliber 9900 movement, this new ceramic Speedmaster is based on the Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase with the in-house made caliber 9904 which I have done an aBlogtoWatch review on here. The Blue Side Of The Moon is more or less the same blue Speedmaster Moonphase watch I reviewed, but with an elegant, rich blue ceramic case. It is quite literally the bluest Speedmaster yet! This is good for fans of the hue, which has been very popular over the last few years in anything from sport to dress watches and everything in between.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Recall that Omega uses ceramic for this Speedmaster Moonphase's case, pushers, bezel, and dial. Even the moon phase indicator disc is said to be in blue ceramic. The mixture of flat finishes and the contrast between the blue and the 18k white gold hour markers and hands is lovely. This isn't the ceramic Speedmaster for everyone, but I think the Blue Side Of The Moon has the potential for some cult status in a few years given its distinctive and different, yet altogether familiar looks.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Remember as well that the blue dial and bezel style are different on the Blue Side Of The Moon Speedmaster Moonphase versus the steel-cased one that I previously reviewed and linked to above. Whereas the dial on the steel model is a polished sunray metallic blue, you get a more matte, deep blue given the blue ceramic dial of this model. I personally think that the Blue Side Of The Moon will be the version most people prefer – when trying to figure out what blue Speedmaster to get.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The 44.25mm wide case is large but comfortable. It is 11.7mm thick and feels tall thanks to the box-style sapphire crystal. Omega does an excellent job at rendering ceramic to look like polished metal. The trick is replicating the contrasting polished and brushed finishing on the case – just as is done with metal cases. This is what makes the original Dark Side Of The Moon Speedmaster so popular, and why now in blue it looks just as lovely.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As we have covered the core Speedmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watch before, I am not going to revisit the movement or the watch's functionality in detail. Recall that the caliber 9904 movement adds a moon phase indicator to the chronograph and date complications. The symmetry of the movement's dial layout is impressive and something to desire. Notice how each of the sub-dials has two hands. This is really one of the most interesting and appealing modern Omega movements to date. It, of course, has a co-axial escapement, METAS certification (and all that goes with it), 4Hz operational frequency, and 60 hours of power reserve. The movement can be easily admired through the caseback's sapphire crystal window.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega matches this watch with a blue alligator strap. I do think however, that if you are clever, you could pair the Blue Side Of The Moon with a brown or possibly a deep gray strap as well. Omega's struggle will be to recapture collector's hearts who originally fell in love with the Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon, and have them put down the same money on the admittedly similar but not as innovative-feeling Blue Side Of The Moon. In blue, the watch adds a legitimately delicious new flavor, but at the price of a very fine delicacy.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega continues to excite us with fashionable variations of their nicest products (such as a blue ceramic Speedmaster Moonphase), but the question remains if the current average Omega consumers want something a bit more conservative from the brand. Omega guys tend to be the type who save up for a really nice Omega, even if their typical budget is limited. They can't get every pretty Speedmaster or Planet Ocean variation that comes out – even if they want to.

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Speedmaster 'Blue Side Of The Moon' Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

With that said, Omega does need new model variation each year – I just wish it didn't have to cost so much to spice up your collection while enjoying a familiar look and a great tool watch. The Omega Speedmaster Blue Side Of The Moon Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase is the reference 304.93.44.52.03.001 and has a retail price of 11,700 CHF. omegawatches.com

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  • Pete Pete

    why isn’t the movement blue?

    • IG

      Why am I blue about Omega milking the moonwatch cow to death?

      • Pete Pete

        maybe they’ll celebrate the moonwatch cow with a special black and white cow pattern side of the moon version?

        • egznyc

          Or the cow-jumping-over-the-Moonwatch Moonwatch.

  • Tea Hound

    It’s a nice watch, but the trouble is that if you bought one of these, then in a weeks time Omega will release the Omega Speedmaster Insert Colour Here Side Of The Moon Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase and you’ll feel cheated. And on and on it will go.
    There’s no longer ever a good time to buy an Omega.

    • WINKS

      You mean like an iPhone?

      • Tea Hound

        Good point. I am still on my 6 Plus.

        • WINKS

          Ditto.

    • William McKinley Ryan

      Unless it’s a classic Speedy. All these other iterations are just tiring…

  • I want Moser and Omega to collaborate with The Moon is Made of Swiss Cheese.

    • egznyc

      And that’s GREEN cheese, not this “blue” cheese – though it may be tasty yet.

  • Anna Nuehm

    There’s the original Moonwatch, a timeless classic of unsurpassed design, a functional, yet elegant watch.

    And then there’s this.

  • Uncultrured_Swine

    That red 1 on the date subdial is absolutely horrible. It looks like it’s smaller and thinner than the rest.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Can you confirm it’s really 11.7 mm thick? I really liked the standard non-ceramic version but found it a bit bulky with the 16mm thickness. If they really managed to scrape off 4mm I would be really gravitating towards getting this, despite that I preferred the original aesthetics better.

    • egznyc

      Yeah that looks like an error. No way is something this complicated so thin, as it’s the same damned movement Omega uses in so many other “moon” models.

      • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

        Yeah, after a second read I think they are referring to the case thickness and I assume the crystals on both sides add the missing 4mms.

  • Bozzor

    This just reeks of “throw everything at people and see what sticks”. And this is really just going too far. It’s technically great, no doubt…but Blue Side of the Moon? Really?

    Come on Omega, this is really just Marketing whoring out Engineering.

  • Pete Pete

    can’t wait for the bottem end of the moon edition. with hair and printed dingleberries on the dial.

    • egznyc

      Ewww! 😉

  • JF Schnell

    So Christmas wishlist is already long… I am starting to fill the list for next year. This is just a very nice overpriced watch. See if I can sell stuff to get this one next year. Really wonderful.

  • Luke Davey

    Shame the printing on the right hand subdial has bled into the grooves.
    QC robot must have been on the fritz.

  • Looking forward to the “Shark Jumped Over The Moon” edition for a perfect closure of the meta-circle.

    • egznyc

      Don’t forget the “Cow Jumping Over The Moon” edition.

  • John Stevens

    This Omega looks like a Bamford conversion and the red half moon pointer looks totally out of place on this.

  • SuperStrapper

    As mentioned in the article, Omega has done an admirable job of creating acute contrasts in finishing on the case to give it a refined and easy to appreciate look. Unfortunately there is a somewhat disturbing clash of finishes here, and that is between the case and movement. Omega has also done an admirable job of developing and brining forward a series of useful and reliable movements that house a nice list of impressive stats, but they just don’t finish them as well as they should. Compound this with every Omega movement view basically being the same and it becomes a focal point of contention. The finishing arrangement on the movement is nice, but the finer details need work in order to complete the package. The movement is simply better than it looks, which is a shame.

  • Framlucasse

    This is not a Speedmaster, just pretend it is.

  • Mikita

    I’ll wait till the Moony Moon Son of the Moon Moon Edition of the Moons.

    • Tea Hound

      Next week then.

  • droo

    Well I am always happy to see a new model in the Omega range. This time I am not. I feel like there is no harmony on this dial, I dislike the pointer date very much, and I don’t think tachymeter function is helpful anymore. Well I know it is a signature of the watch this tachymeter bezel but you need a milestone to be able to use it. I am not so found of the blue Casing of the watch, I fear you get tired of having an “all blue” watch on the wrist.

    Last stupid question is “Is there a blue side of the moon” ?

    Cheers to all

    • egznyc

      Nah, but the moon is made of green cheese, so there will have to be a green side of the moon soon. Except it’s ALL of the moon, not just one side …

  • Steve Loader

    Compared to the existing blue-dial moonphase, the moon display is IMO much nicer as a silver textured circle with stylised stars, instead of the black and grey ‘photocopied’ image.

    However, I agree that the date crescent pointer is not great. The reason for the shape can be seen if you google the uber-expensive platinum moonphase – you’ll see the crescent is actually a bracket holding a tiny magnifying lens over the date. Apparently Omega found it too expensive to do this for all moonphases, so we now have an empty bracket which should have been redesigned to a more effective stick pointer.

    Now that I know this, the crescent annoys me even more. And now you know, it can annoy you even more too 🙂

    • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

      If you do a quick google you will find quite a few other watches that use crescent shaped date pointers, so it’s not just about the missing magnifier there, it’s simply a valid design choice.

      • Steve Loader

        Yes…..but on those other watches, each date is numbered and the crescent always ‘cups’ the number. This works well.

        On this watch, half the dates are midpoint dots, and the crescent overlaps the dates to each side.
        This doesn’t work well.

        • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

          I don’t disagree, however going back to your original point how would the magnifier solve this? You would just see a bigger dot.

          • Steve Loader

            It’s true you’d see a bigger dot, but you don’t see the numbers to either side of the dot due to the magnification effect – this makes it cleaner visually compared to the overlapping appearance of the non-magnified version.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    * The moon’s a balloon.

    *David Niven

    • IG

      The moon is made of cheese but mine is better.

      — Jean-Claude Biver

  • Mark1884

    Aside from being the latest Speedy variant, I really like this watch!
    The blue & ceramic looks great to me.

  • Jerry Davis

    Too monochromatic for my taste and the pushers seem kind of big.

  • Omegaboy

    Wish they’d do a black ceramic version of ghe Mark II.

  • DanW94

    Omega can’t wait for the day we make it to Jupiter and it’s moons. There’s like 50 of them. Imagine the Moon watch iterations then!! They’ll be set for the next millennium. Oh, another “Far Side of Ganymede” edition in opaque Tysonium with a perpetual motion movement. There have been like 20 of those since 2517.

    • OmniWrench

      I would up-vote this comment twice if I could.

  • Middle

    The Swiss are looking a little blue in the face this morning.

  • BNABOD

    At least it is 11.7 mm thick but is this accurate? Way too much blue for my taste

  • egznyc

    This is the Smurf Moonwatch edition.

  • Pete L

    Personally I think this is lovely and almost a value proposition against some of the competition including the Blancpain blue ceramic bathyscaphe from the same stable. Most other coloured ceramic watches out there are way too expensive or shouty like the RM’s and Hublots.

    I am not so enamoured with the overuse of the ‘side of the moon’ names on these speedmasters as it makes no sense. Once they had done the dark side model I could see perhaps the grey one (or even the eyesore white) being the light side of the moon but they should have left it at that. Grey side, white side and now blue side are all ridiculous names that bear no resemblance to anything we would actually say.

    It actually worked better with the planet oceans – Deep black and Deep blue. Makes sense!

  • Thomas

    Holding out for “brown side of the moon”

  • Chaz

    And Omega wonders why it isn’t taken seriously in its Quixotic quest to surpass Rolex…

  • Marius

    It’s blue, and it’s an Omegah. As my grandfather repeatedly told me, chicks would do anything for a blue Omegah. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07654fc0fc335451af6cea979bf8953c6ecef74fda45a388d60e75442031b0fa.jpg

    • Mike Darwin Brown

      You’re not right man! Lol

  • Steve Loader

    I’m waiting for Omega to collaborate with Grand Seiko to use their famous Zaratsu polishing method – they’ll call it the Moonshine.

    • Garrett Hu

      Lol but agree 100%. The Zaratsu polishing on my GS is second to none I have ever seen. GS holds the title as the best case polishing for me, PP, AP, ALS, Breguet and the like just doesn’t even come close.

    • spiceballs

      I’ll drink to that.

  • Sam Anderson

    Just another reason why I’m done with Omega. Some good points below. The red 1 is awful, the extra lines of the sub dials make it too cluttered. I would be surprised if this was anywhere near 11.7mm. It’s actually just a gross lump of blue. It looks murky and dark. It’s busy and confused. It’s horrible.

    And, as others have said, ENOUGH with the gimmicky ‘side of the…’ bollocks.

    Seriously, Omega, we’ve had enough.

  • Much as I like the other colored version of the xSOTM Omega Speedmasters, this colorway doesn’t to it for me at all. I’ll take a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe instead.

    • Garrett Hu

      I agree I checked out the BP and it’s a huge step up. Then again it’s also twice the price so it’s a bit unfair for a comparison.

      • Get the 3 hander (still not a good price comparision, but a good price alternative). Cheers.

  • Garrett Hu

    I’m still not convinced on ceramics but all in all a stunning timepiece. For $11k I think this is a good price point for a watch of this caliber.

  • Kuroji

    I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa.

  • William McKinley Ryan

    Maybe if it were on a metal bracelet?
    Maybe if that terrible date pointer were better thought out?
    What up with the grooves on the subdials?
    Pass. Basta with the side of the moon watches…

  • Ross Diljohn

    A New Swatch. Swatch strikes back. Return of the Swatch. Any of these will do quite well.

  • mtnsicl

    Just way to much blue. And, it’s not a good blue. Other than that, I appreciate the watch.

    • spiceballs

      Blue, blue my world is blue – – – – – not.

      • mtnsicl

        Haha, hey spice balls, no blue balls?

        • spiceballs

          Ha, very good, but not today. FYI, I like to “pepper the greens”.

  • mtnsicl

    Haha, no blue balls?

  • Mike Darwin Brown

    OK this is getting ridiculous, the blue side of the moon….. milking the cow for all she’s worth; I thought that was done with the white side of the moon!

  • Chemistman

    No…..Just….no

  • PR

    Yes a real surprise, no one saw this coming…yawn omega

  • guitardude

    I am trying really hard to find something better to say than “meh”!

  • JD

    Fact check: This watch is 16.85mm thick and not 11.7mm.

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