After yesterday's trip past the celestial bodies, we're once again back in outer space with the introduction of the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer 3184.108.40.206.01.003. This new take on the ana-digi X-33 is created in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA), and does everything you'd expect a Marstimer to do. Let's dive in.
The 2022 Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer 3220.127.116.11.01.003 is based on the template provided by the Skywalker X-33 of 2014. The titanium case and bracelet are in fact identical. A first hint of the Marstimer's aspirations is found in the reddish bezel insert - a tone reminiscent of the dust found on the Red Planet. The seconds hand shares the same hue. But it's not mere cosmetic updates that make this watch suitable for Mars travel. In fact, the Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer has a new movement with a couple of highly specific functions!
The Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer is powered by caliber 5622: a highly precise, thermo-compensated quartz movement, with various functions developed specifically to assist scientists in the field of space research. These functions were developed under an ESA patented license. Firstly, there's an MTC function to track Mars’ sol date and time at the prime meridian, factoring in the fact that a day on Mars is 39 minutes longer than on Earth. Secondly, the X-33 Marstimer also features an innovative solar compass. This feature was added since Mars has no global magnetic field, which means a regular compass will not work. Moreover, the Marstimer also includes the functions that are available on the 'regular' Speedmaster Skywalker X33 (which in itself is a highly specific instrument). These include the MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), alarms (very audible thanks to the special case back construction) and a perpetual calendar.
“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”, says Omega President and CEO Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann.
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