Reaching the Moon wasn’t enough. Omega has now set its target for Mars! Following NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, Omega partnered with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch the Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer.
Imagine the curiosity of sitting here on Earth and tracking the time on Mars. Doesn’t this give a whole new meaning to the newly launched timepiece? Well, of course, it does. The watch tracks time across the various Earth time zones and also shows the time on Mars. As developed under an ESA-patented license, the Speedmaster hosts a wide array of scientific functions necessary for those working in the field of space research.
While the prospect of wearing a watch on the land of Mars is still on the cards- Omega’s Marstimer will surely act like a bridge between the Red Planet and those engaged in researching our neighbour planet.
The luxury watch brand released its first X-33 Speedmaster in 1998, considered the ultimate scientific tool for astronauts. And, now, the latest descendant, Marstimer, takes everything to a new level. Here’s how Omega has designed it.
The 45mm case is designed of Grade-2 Titanium and is similar to the existing X-33 model.
The chronograph has an oxalic anodised aluminium bi-directional rotating bezel in a stunning red hematite colour, highlighting the essence of Mars. You can also spot the Mar’s unique dust colour on the distinctive black-to-red gradient of the second hand and the upper left pusher. Thanks to the use of Super-LumiNova, the bezel glows in low light.
The main design characteristic of any X-33 model is the analogue-digital dial that promotes myriad functionalities, which Earth-bound residents will probably never use. A day on Earth comprises 24 hours which is 25 hours on Mars, and a day on Mars is exactly 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than on Earth. The new Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer accounts for that.
The classic black dial has white indexes and an electro-luminescent backlight that serves as the perfect backdrop for the numerous Ana-Digi readings designated with Mars and Earth symbols. In addition, it also features a solar compass allowing the user to locate the true North on both Mars and Earth without any magnetic compass.
Turning the watch, you can see the centre of the case back embossed with Omega’s famous ‘Speedmaster’ wording and the Seahorse logo, boldly circled by the words ‘SPEEDMASTER MARSTIMER X-33 ESA TESTED AND QUALIFIED’.
Tracking Mar’s timing requires a precise movement, and to do this accurately; Omega has created a new movement that can easily track the planet’s multiple time zones. The new Omega 5622 Calibre is a thermo-compensated, multi-functional quartz movement with special abilities developed, tested, and qualified by the ESA. The 5622 Calibre powers the various analogue and digital displays.
While the Digital functions track the date and time zones on Earth and Mars, the Analogue function includes seconds, minutes, and hours. Moreover, it has a battery life of 24 months. Apart from this, the watch also includes the following functions:
The watch comes with a Grade 2 and 5 titanium bracelet. But for those wishing to switch, the Marstimer also comes with a NATO strap.
The new release by Omega has got everyone to sit tight and look forward to a new era of space exploration! The Marstimer embodies the same spirit that sent humans to explore space and tags itself as immensely prestigious. It is not just a must-have for space professionals but for space fanatics and collectors of luxury watches who are obsessed with science fiction! “Speedy” is the nickname given to the 1965 Speedmaster. What moniker would you give this legendary Marstimer?
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