Baselworld 2013: Omega Speedmaster in black ceramic “Dark Side of the Moon”

Omega has unveiled a Speedmaster chronograph in black ceramic, "The Dark Side of the Moon", equipped with its in-house cal. 9300.

For the first time the Omega Speedmaster is available in black ceramic, or zirconium oxide (hence the subtle “ZrO2” on the dial). Known as “The Dark Side of the Moon”, a pun on the original Speedmaster’s status as the first watch worn on the moon, the new Speedmaster is entirely in black ceramic, case, bezel and dial.

The ceramic case is in the traditional Speedmaster style with its signature lyre lugs. And like the metal case versions of the Speedmaster, the ceramic case has both brushed and polished surfaces.

Both the 12 hour and 60 minutes elapsed counters are co-axial in the sub-dial at three o’clock, and all the hands – hours, minutes and chronograph – are in white gold. And inside is the cal. 9300 movement which has a column wheel and Omega’s own Si14 silicon hairspring.

“ZrO2” at 12 o’clock, and the co-axial hour and minute counters

The case is 44.25 mm wide, water resistant to 50 m and fitted with a box type sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. It is fitted to a Cordura fabric strap with black ceramic buckle.

While I find most black ceramic watches passe today, this one is attractive – it has the Speedmaster cachet, an striking appearance due to the case material, as well as the cal. 9300 movement.


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