Omega Replica has outfitted the Apollo 8 in a 44-mm-diameter case, 13.8 mm thick, made entirely of jet-black zirconium oxide ceramic, with a polished ceramic tachymeter bezel, bearing white numerals and indices and the word “TACHYMÈTRE” in bright yellow.
The case is exquisitely finished, employing both polishing and satin brushing, with the middle curving elegantly into the faceted lugs. The plunger-style chronograph pushers are in polished black, and subtly rounded on the top for tactile comfort.
A rather firm push is required to engage the chronograph and halt it with the top pusher and to return the yellow, arrow-tipped chronograph seconds hand to zero with the bottom one. Nestled between the two pushers is the polished black, fluted crown, which does not screw down and is inscribed with the Greek letter High Quality Omega Replica.
Moving on to the dial, the yellow highlights include the central chronograph hand, which has a varnished finish, the small chronograph hands on the subdials at 3 and 6 o’clock, and the tips of the rectangular, applied indices.
Meanwhile, a white varnish is used for the small seconds hand on the 9 o’clock subdial, and white Super-LumiNova coats the hands and hour indices as well as all the indications on the bezel’s tachymeter scale. Between these markers, on a black ring, is a minute scale also reminiscent of the one used on the Omega Speedmaster Racing Replica.
From the dial side, the effect is executed in a lighter gray shade and echoes the view of the moon that we see from Earth, while the rear side, visible through a clear sapphire caseback window, is darker gray, aping the eponymous “dark side” that only astronauts have ever viewed in person.