BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI
By far, not the first Omega timepiece to be associated with space exploration and the Moon; that distinction belongs to the original Speedmaster Moonwatch. However, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), Omega just unveiled the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer, a timepiece designed to help researchers in the discipline of space exploration.
Grade 2 titanium is the material of choice for the case which has dimensions of 45 mm x 14.9 mm. The bi-directional rotating bezel now has a Mars theme and matching colorway to represent the red planet in an oxalic anodized aluminum bezel ring in red hematite color, reminiscent of Mars’ distinctive dust. The same color is also present on the seconds hand, transitioning from black to red hematite gradient to provide better contrast. The case offers 3 bar (30 meters / 100 feet) of water resistance.
The dial is actually an LCD display with an assortment of displays and functions, but the time-telling components, consisting of hours, minutes and seconds stays analog. The dial has a backlight function and it’s made in black color so that the digital and analog components of the display are better highlighted. The symbols of Earth and Mars further enhance and distinguish the readings to indicate which specific functions are active. Furthermore, due to the fact that a day on Mars lasts 39 more minutes than it does on Earth, it enables the display of MTC function to track Mars’ sol date and time at the prime meridian and to locate true north on both Earth and Mars. In addition, there are displays for MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), alarms and a perpetual calendar.
Flipping the watch over and a titanium caseback embossed in the center with Omega’s famous Speedmaster wording and Seahorse logo comes into attention. Ticking behind the case cover is Omega’s 5622 Calibre, a quartz movement capable of supporting multiple digital and analog displays. This thermo-compensated movement has a battery life of 24 months.
Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer comes paired with a dedicated NATO strap as well as grade 2 and grade 5 titanium bracelets and a strap changing tool for the strap is part of the package. The MSRP of the brand-new Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer ref. 3220.127.116.11.01.003 is 7,200 Euros ($6,400).
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