Making The OMEGA Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon”
by Kyle Stults on January 07, 2014
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 Photo Essay…

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon with Moon

At Baselworld 2013, OMEGA introduced the first ceramic OMEGA Speedmaster.   And by ceramic I mean almost everything on the watch is ceramic — bezel, pushers, crown, dial and even the buckle – ceramic.  The Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” — which retails for $12,000 — is one amazing watch.  It looks absolutely superb and of course it has the Speedy DNA.   In this photo essay I will share with you an in-depth look at how the Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” is made.  I’ve also included a few hands-on photos of the watch that I took at Baselworld earlier this year.

The very beginning stage of the ceramic casebody: a pile of raw ceramic material [ Zr02 ]

Omega Raw Ceramic Zr02

The case starts out as a giant disk but it is stage heated in a furnace to a smouldering 1,400 degrees Celsius so it shrinks to the right size

Firing the ceramic

The ceramic casebody has to be machined with diamond tools because stainless steel tools are too soft

Milling the Ceramic 

The ceramic case is then polished in a bowl of aluminia granules

Polishing the ceramic in alumina granules 

A diamond wheel is used to get the satin-brushed effect on the lugs and casebody

 Polish the ceramic with ceramic wheel

]The final step is the manual quality control of the ceramic casebody

Hand Inspection of the ceramic case

Laser technology is used to engrave the defining tachymeter on the bezel; it is also used on the caseback

Ceramic bezel being laser engraved

The metallisation of the tachymeter scale

Metalizing the engraved text on the bezel

Producing a ceramic plate that is a perfect match to the ceramic case is particularly challenging

Thin ceramic plate for the dial

The dial elements are transferred and then printed on the ceramic dial

Inking the dial Omega Dark Side of the Moon Ceramic

Inking the ceramic dial - Omega Dark Side of the Moon Ceramic case

18 K white gold indexes are placed by hand

White Gold Indices hand applied Omega Dark Side of the Moon Ceramic

Tiny dabs of white SuperLumiNova are manually placed on the indexes

Hand application of SuperLuminova for theOmega Dark Side of the Moon Ceramic

The result is this the beautiful all-black OMEGA Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon”

44.25mm ceramic case

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Ceramic Watch

 Because the Omega Caliber 9300 inside has a co-axial hour and minute counter at three o’clock, the dial only has two sub-dials, unlike the traditional ‘tricompax’ Speedmaster layout

Omega Dark Side of the Moon Watch by Perpetuelle

Omega Dark Side of the Moon 2 by Perpetuelle

As mentioned above, the watch is equipped with Omega’s column wheel cal. 9300 with silicon hairspring and a free-sprung titanium balance wheel.   And attractive movement visible through the caseback.

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Caliber 9300

Because it is all ceramic, the sapphire case back and crystal in front are secured via gaskets and adhesive

Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Caseband View Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Caseband Crown view

Also, be sure to check out the wonderful microsite that Omega has created for this awesome watch:  http://www.omegawatches.com/collection/speedmaster/moonwatch/presentation/speedmaster-dark-side-of-the-moon