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Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon vs. Breitling Chronomat Blacksteel

30 June, 2014 at 9:38 am in Auto

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Two chronographs robed in black and powered by in-house movements — the replica breitling superocean Dark Side of the Moon and Breitling Chronomat GMT Blacksteel go head to head in this comparative test, the cover story of WatchTime’s May-June 2014 issue.

Black cases are all the rage. So are in-house chronograph movements. Omega and Breitling combine both in two new watches that here go head to head: the omega ploprof replica Dark Side of the Moon, from Omega, and Breitling’s Chronomat GMT Blacksteel.

The breitling bentley gmt replica was introduced in the 1940s, but the watch’s styling has been continually updated. The Chronomat GMT Blacksteel has a martial look to it: the gigantic, dark, matte-finished, 47-mm case is more than 18 mm thick; the screwed push-pieces and the rotating bezel, with its four applied cursors, look extremely sturdy. The watch weighs a hefty 209 grams. When you wear the Blacksteel, you almost feel as though you belong to a special-ops task force.

The steel of the case is called “black, ” but it really looks more like dark anthracite. The DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating is relatively scratch-resistant, but it is thin, and harsh treatment can leave silver-colored scratches on it.

The Omega Speedmaster has an illustrious and often-told history: unveiled in 1957, it was chosen for NASA’s manned spaceflight program in the 1960s. The high point of the watch’s space career came in 1969, when Buzz Aldrin wore this model over the sleeve of his spacesuit while strolling across the lunar surface.

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