The “(Color) Side Of The Moon” has become a popular phrase at Omega copy watches 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.
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.
Remember as well that the blue dial and bezel Omega fake watches 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.
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.
As we have covered the core Omega replica Speedmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph Moonphase watches 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.