Jan 16

The Omega Speedmaster has remained a mainstay for watch enthusiasts for over half a century. It’s not a stretch at all to call this watch an icon, a term we don’t throw around loosely here. While purists may scoff at the concept of an all-black Speedmaster, it is precisely this kind of update that brings a historical icon into the realm of contemporary thinking. When presented with the opportunity to wear the new Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon for a week, I couldn’t refuse. It’s a watch I had been eyeing for some time, and while it isn’t exactly perfect, it certainly got me thinking and was tough to take off my wrist when the week was up.

It seems like I have reviewed several nylon strap models in recent days, from Top Gun 5019 to BR03-94, these watches with nylon strap are best sellers in our watch market, men who like military style watches that are looking tough are willing to choose them. Today, I will introduce a replica of another Omega Speedmaster watch, it is Omega Dark Side of The Moon. One of the reason why I choose to review it is that the watch is not only the type I like, it also has an artistic name – “Dark Side of The Moon”, which has been displayed through its all black appearance.

The replica Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of The Moon has PVD black finished case that is made of 316 stainless steel, the case diameter is measured to be 42.5mm and 14mm thick. Black Tachymeter bezel is made of ceramic, there are white printings on it. Black dial is protected by arch-shaped sapphire crystal, the dial has refined layout design. Two subdials are seperately positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock. To give users a high readability, the black dial features all printings and markers in white color. The subdial at 3 is for 24-hour display, please notice the small dial at 9, the small hand is not for seconds, but maybe working as 60-minute chronograph hand I think. All stick hour markers are applied lume material like hands. The replica watch will give a strong green lume light at night.

Black nylon strap features a normal pin buckle that is pvd black finished. The front side of the band is made of nylon while its inside part is made of black leather, this design could offer better wearing comfort. On the solid case back, there is “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” printing in white, on the central part, a big Seamaster logo is curved.

Inside the case back, you will find the replica Omega uses a quartz movement, it is a Japanese OS20 that could be more accurate and offer a more durable lifetime.

The Dark Side of the Moon isn’t the right watch for everyone, though this can be said about many other wristwatches. However, even if ceramic isn’t your cup of tea, there’s no denying that this watch achieves the right balance between modern looks and technical prowess to make doubters reconsider their stance.  This is a great watch.

Nov 20

Navy blue hands on a white dial with navy blue Cartier roman numerals as markers. Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock and small date window at 3 o’clock. I do like the rounded all polished stainless steel case and the crown that’s really nice cloned. An element that’s not really easy to have in good quality because Cartier always makes it look so expensive. Scratch-proof crystal does the job too so overall the looks are here on this Cartier replica watch.

As it’s specified on the dial the movement is Quartz (battery run) so the small seconds hand chrono at 6 o’clock will tick more than sweep. Cartier are well known for having Quartz movements on plenty of their watches and that’s usually a way for them to distinguish the cheaper pieces from the more expensive ones. It’s all good that the movement and the dial engraving match so nothing to worry about here either.

When it comes to the replica watch and the original watch there are about 7 differences that can be spotted. The first difference we notice is in the bracelet, the replica watch has all the links in the bracelet of the same color, while the original watch interlaces yellow links with white ones.  The second difference we can see is at 12 o’clock, where the replica watch has the design of the X in XII filled while the original brand has made part of the X barely visible in its design. The date on the watches also makes a major difference, while the date on the replica watch is framed in black, the one on the genuine watch is not. The crown is also different, the one on the replica watch featuring a blue stone while the one on the genuine watch is pretty simple. The fifth difference is given by the fact that the Swiss Made writing is not present on the replica watch.