Is the Moonwatch Omega’s only variant to have made it to space? The “Flightmaster” that later went on to be named the Speedmaster Professional X-33 has been Omega’s ultimate tool watch for astronauts and pilots.
The original concept of the X-33 was conceived by a former NASA Apollo astronaut, General Tom Stafford who was in fact also on Omega’s corporate board back then.The first generation of these X-33’s were designed in accordance with NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts. The X 33, powered by a quartz calibre displayed useful information that pilots could use through a mission / flight. Sporting the mission time, a long chronograph in days, hours, minutes and seconds, the UTC time indicating the day of the week, the hours, the minutes and the seconds, an 80db alarm function and a light command by a push button. This X-33 was extensively tested by NASA but was discontinued from Omega’s catalogue in 2006. In 2014 we then saw the evolution of the X-33 , the Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker and this time not just for astronauts,but anyone who can appreciate the functions of this tool watch.
The makers of the Apollo 1 watch have now built a new and improved Speedmaster to keep track of time on Earth and Mars, anticipating the next great leap in human exploration. This OMEGA Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer, developed in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA), lives up to its billing. Are you ready to track the rhythms of the red planet with Omega’s Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer?
Developed from the X-33 Skywalker, this is the fourth iteration of the Speedmaster X-33. The titanium case is 45 mm by 14.7 mm and is paired with the same band as the original. What’s new with the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer?
The new Marstimer is driven by OMEGA’s 5622 Calibre. The watch is powered by a precision quartz movement that is both digital and analog, and which is also temperature calibrated for maximum efficiency.
This one-of-a-kind titanium grade 2 cased 45 mm chronograph can keep track of time and time zones on Earth and the mysterious red planet. OMEGA’s Marstimer was made to aid researchers in the realm of space exploration, and it does so by providing a number of helpful tools.
You may have noticed that the bezel is a beautiful shade of red hematite. This shade is meant to evoke images of Martian soil. An aluminium inlay with an oxalic finish serves as the bezel. The seconds hand, which also features a black-to-red-hematite gradation, is the same shade. Its classic black dial provides a contrasting backdrop for the multiple analog and digital readings, made even clearer by Earth and Mars symbols to distinguish which particular functions are in use
To account for the fact that a Martian day is 39 minutes longer than an Earth day, it features an MTC function developed under a patent license from the European Space Agency. In addition to a cutting-edge solar compass that can be used to locate magnetic north on both Earth and Mars. MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), alarms, and a perpetual calendar are all features accessible to wearers, as are the others found on the standard Speedmaster Skywalker X33.
When you flip the watch over, you’ll see the OMEGA Speedmaster name and Seahorse logo imprinted in the middle of the caseback. The phrases “ESA TESTED AND QUALIFIED SPEEDMASTER X-33 MARSTIMER” have been underlined for emphasis. Confirmation that the partnership is genuine and that the watch is accurate.
For President and CEO 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 and 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.”
The Marstimer includes both a specialized NATO strap and a strap-changing tool in case you ever want to swap out the Grade 2 and 5 titanium band. The particular watch roll even has a Mars reference—a miniature version of Hebes Chasma, a canyon with exceptionally steep sides that can only be found on the red planet.
The 5622 is an extremely accurate multi-function quartz movement manufactured by OMEGA under permission from the European Space Agency (ESA). The OMEGA 5622 movement is up to the challenge of powering a watch for two planets with lightning speed and no trouble at all.
Even though a human expedition to Mars still may be years away, you can get your hands on OMEGA’s brand new Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer right this second at any of their official retailers on Earth. It’s a great accessory to the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch, and it’s a must-have for professionals, space enthusiasts, and dedicated collectors alike thanks to its sleek design, intriguing functionality, and impressive history.
The new Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer is not a limited series and will retail at CHF 5900 (INR 4,86,450 approximately).