With the likes of the James Webb Space Telescope, Private Space Exploration and amazing images from NASA’s DART mission Last night, space nerdery went mainstream. And Omega is bringing you even more awesome sci-fi with a new watch that tracks time zones on Earth and Mars.
NASA’s official watchmaker, Omega has famously made several missions to the moon, including the Speedmaster Moonwatch, while the new Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer is made in partnership with the European Space Agency.
Yes, the X-33 is also in Omega’s Speedmaster collection, but it resides in a sub-collection referred to as “Instruments”. While the Moonwatch is a traditional chronograph with a manually-wound mechanical movement, the Instruments Speedmasters feel like the kind of watch a modern astronaut would wear – yet they have a retro-futuristic aesthetic with a 1998 design.
Like the other watches in the collection, which includes multiple variations of the X-33 (as well as the Spacemaster Z-33), the Marstimer operates on a highly accurate, thermocompensated quartz movement that powers an analog-digital (“anadigi”) display. Its case is made of suitably lightweight titanium and measures 45mm, keeping it wearable for your daily missions on Earth. Its new ochre-coloured bezel sets it apart in the collection and has a nice look too.
In addition to functionality found in other X-33 watches, such as various timers, alarms, and a perpetual calendar, the Marstimer can also track time on Mars. With a day 39 minutes longer than on Earth, it requires completely different zodiac calculations (also achieved in a mechanical clockas well).
The announcement is well-timed to piggyback off the enthusiasm after the DART mission. Last night, in case you missed it, Earthlings turned into this NASA has live-streamed a test of its planetary defense technology In which it dramatically rammed a satellite into an asteroid. This is a successful simulation of how we would deal with dangerously large space rocks hitting Earth. I mean, even if you’re not a space nerd, that’s pretty cool.
Omega acknowledges that a manned mission to Mars is still years away and that a watch like this would be more useful to scientists on their way to Earth. But, there’s also a strong cool factor for us civilian geeks, like other functions on watches that you’ll never use (from moon phase displays to helium escape valves). Although it’s not yet available for purchase online, the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer can be yours for $6,400 and comes on a titanium bracelet with a NATO strap.