Anticipating the next giant leap in space exploration, Swiss watch manufacturer Omega unveiled in partnership with ESA, the European Space Agency their latest creation, the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer. The new Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer is housed in the familiar 45mm grade 2 titanium case, with multiple pushers, and features a bezel insert made from oxalic anodized aluminum in a red hematite color, reminiscent of Mars’ distinctive dust.
For President and CEO Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann, producing the Marstimer was a must for a brand with space travel in its bones. “Anyone interested in space, or even science fiction, is obsessed with Mars. It has generated so much curiosity, so many incredible stories. We have even created a name for its imaginary inhabitants. It’s so close yet so far. We long to walk across its surface. To be here on Earth and able to track its movements, gives the term timepiece a whole new meaning. I’m thrilled with this new addition to the famous Speedmaster family.”
Inside is a new movement, Omega 5622 caliber, a thermo-compensated movement tested and qualified by the ESA, that can track times and time zones across both Earth and Mars. The timepiece is equipped with a compass that can find true north on both Earth and Mars, which is important because Mars does not have a magnetic field like Earth.
The novelty comes completed by a matching titanium bracelet, which is crafted from both grade 2 and grade 5 titanium, and a dedicated NATO strap with thin accenting stripes on the edges in the same red hematite color.
Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer ref. 318.104.22.168.01.003 is priced at $6,400 USD, just $500 more than the standard X-33 Skywalker model. For more information, please visit the Omega’s website.